Van Dijk reveals why he snubbed Chelsea

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was wanted by Chelsea and Manchester City before his transfer to Anfield from Southampton in 2018.

He joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £75m and has been impressive for Liverpool, helping them win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup since his arrival.

Explaining why he snubbed Chelsea for Liverpool, Van Dijk told Goal: “I made the decision based on many things.

“My (gut) feeling is always the most important thing, and the feeling I got from (Liverpool) was very good from the first second I heard they were interested.

“The other clubs that were interested as well, I was definitely happy and flattered as well, but Liverpool were the strongest in multiple factors, whether it was the coach, the players, the whole system we play, the fans, the culture of the club, the whole feeling that everyone has here, and the way we plan towards the future as well.

“That was always important for me to be a part of the coming years. I have been here almost two years now and so far, so good.

“I am just happy and glad that I made the decision to come here.”

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