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Van Dijk: Klopp has something special – He is the reason i chose Liverpool over Chelsea and Man City

Goal: Virgil van Dijk has revealed the Jurgen Klopp factor as the reason he joined Liverpool instead of Manchester City or Chelsea.

The centre-back left Southampton for Anfield in January 2018 for a reported fee of £75 million ($95m), which represented a record transfer for a defender.

There were other interested parties in Van Dijk’s services, notably City and Chelsea, but the Netherlands international only had eyes for the Reds due to manager Klopp, who led Liverpool to their first Premier League title this season.

“I had the chance to go to Chelsea and Man City,” Van Dijk said in quotes published in several national newspapers.

“When you compare the clubs, you look at the history, the town, the current squad, their plans for the near future, but the most important thing you look at is the manager – and Jurgen Klopp is an important reason why I chose Liverpool.

“Klopp has something special. Is it his energy? Is it his overall image? I sometimes sit and think about what he does and what he has more than others.

“I think it is his man-management. These days that is more important than anything in football.

“Klopp gives you this great feeling. He is genuinely happy when you walk into the club in the morning. It may sound daft, but that really inspires you as a player.”


Van Dijk, 28, has already lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup as a Liverpool player.

In the coming weeks he will get his hands on the Premier League trophy too, with Liverpool’s status as champions confirmed last month with seven games still to play.

“I have always said that lifting the Premier League ­trophy would be a dream. That dream has become reality now,” he added.

Already a popular figure on Merseyside, Klopp has attained legendary status after guiding his Liverpool side to a first English league title in 30 years, following their Champions League triumph last season.

Having built a phenomenal squad, featuring stars such as Van Dijk, the German boss admits he is not looking too far to the future just yet.

He told the Mirror: “I was seven and a half years at Mainz, seven at Dortmund and in 2024, when my current contract at Liverpool ends it will be 23 and half. I have no plans beyond that.”

Source: Published by Goal

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Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

he made good decision

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

Yes, klopp is unique

Ezema oliver uchenna
Ezema oliver uchenna
1 month ago

Oga na boss

Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
1 month ago

to be sincere, klopp is so special

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Nice one from Virgil van

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
1 month ago

Nice one

Hassan Abdullahi Adoyi
Hassan Abdullahi Adoyi
1 month ago

Nice opinion

Veronica Emeka
Veronica Emeka
1 month ago

Klop reason for joining is a best to him as long as is favorable to him.

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

Van dijk has say it all, klopp is phenomenal and exceptional, he has made Liverpool great again

Sanusi Maryam
Sanusi Maryam
1 month ago

Well, you make a very good decision.

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Good Choice

James Ojochenemi Esther
James Ojochenemi Esther
1 month ago

Klopp have always been unique, he has his own special ways.

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

He made a toigh decision

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

Interesting

Oladosu Olumide
Oladosu Olumide
1 month ago

Yeah, klopp is talented

Tobi Samuel
Tobi Samuel
1 month ago

Good decision

Tarwa John Jacob
Tarwa John Jacob
1 month ago

A big changing factor indeed

Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
1 month ago

That’s nice to hear

Oladele Timilehin Ayo
Oladele Timilehin Ayo
1 month ago

Virgil. Yeah, he is good and klopp is a better manager.

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

And it work for him

Udonu Chidera
Udonu Chidera
1 month ago

Virgil is a player who gave Liverpool a lot of Success good player

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

He made d right choice

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

He chose wisely

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
1 month ago

Good

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
1 month ago

Great and right decision he made

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

Klopp is exceptional

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Nice decision

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
1 month ago

Really

Abdullah gbolahan
Abdullah gbolahan
1 month ago

The choice favored him

Osita
Osita
1 month ago

He is a great manager

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
1 month ago

Nice info

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Yea, Klopp is a good coach

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

This will tough.

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
1 month ago

That’s good

Simon Richard
Simon Richard
1 month ago

True

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
1 month ago

The choice is yours

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

He made good decision

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
1 month ago

Nice

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
1 month ago

Nice decision

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Nice decision

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Agreed.

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Great one

Anthony Akoh
Anthony Akoh
1 month ago

Kloop is indeed special.

John Samuel Ochiwu
John Samuel Ochiwu
1 month ago

He made a good decision since he found himself comfortable under him

godwin emetu
godwin emetu
1 month ago

Its a matter of choice

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

Na boss be oga

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

That’s good

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

D͎i͎n͎k͎ m͎a͎d͎e͎ a͎ g͎o͎o͎d͎ d͎e͎c͎i͎s͎i͎o͎n͎

UGOCHUKW ADIELA
UGOCHUKW ADIELA
1 month ago

True

Udochukwu mmesoma precious
Udochukwu mmesoma precious
1 month ago

Nice decision