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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has admitted he was swayed by the club at a time where Chelsea and Manchester City were both scrapping to secure his signature.
The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton back in January 2018, moving in a huge £75million transfer.
Van Dijk has been nothing but sensational for Liverpool in the time since, helping them win the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup since his arrival.
And, speaking to Goal, the Holland international opened up on City and Chelsea interest before his move to Merseyside.
“I made the decision based on many things,” he said when asked about his move to Anfield.
“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.”
Van Dijk also opened up on Liverpool’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham five months ago.
The Reds went into the showpiece showdown in Spain aiming to make amends for their European final defeat to Real Madrid the previous year.
And they did exactly that, with Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi both riding the net in a 2-0 win.
Van Dijk admits it was a huge moment for him, adding: “That’s the moment that plays in my mind.
“I knew it was done, and I was lying flat down on the ground.
“The actual moment of the final whistle is just, you know, tears in my eyes from so much joy.
“It’s all the hard work we all put in. There are a lot of players in the team that didn’t have the easy road.
“Some players have to work for what they are, for example Robbo [Andy Robertson]. Where he came from and where he is right now is amazing to see.
“It should also give so much power to kids who are struggling at a young age, because you never know what might happen in the future.”
Van Dijk also admitted the Real Madrid defeat was in his mind before the Tottenham clash.
“What I felt before the final in Madrid was that I don’t want to walk through that guard of honour and get my silver medal,” Van Dijk added. “That feeling is the worst feeling you can have.
“I thought about it before the Tottenham game that we have to do it, we have to get the trophy no matter what. To actually win it, it’s something you will never forget.
“Not a lot of players in their career win the Champions League, but we actually did it. I think we will always be remembered in Liverpool history for that.”