Sunday 23 September 2018

Van Dijk says Klopp will improve him

Van Dijk could have moved from Southampton to Manchester City, while Chelsea and Arsenal were also keen on him. Photo: Getty Images
Van Dijk could have moved from Southampton to Manchester City, while Chelsea and Arsenal were also keen on him. Photo: Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Virgil van Dijk said he was relishing the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp after formally completing his £75 million (€84m) move to Liverpool.

The Dutch defender claimed the coach's identity was instrumental in him choosing Liverpool above other Premier League clubs.

"Since he's come in, I think he has made a lot of progress and I think it is only going to get better and better. Hopefully I can contribute to that," said Van Dijk.

"Everybody from a Liverpool perspective knows how lively he is, how he can make players better and give them confidence. It just suits me as well.

"I think he can make me a better player and I am just looking forward to working with him. I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game."

Van Dijk, 26, could have moved from Southampton to Manchester City, while Chelsea and Arsenal were also keen on him. He believes his trophy ambitions can be realised on Merseyside.

"Every player wants to win trophies and, with the squad we have and the progress the club is making, I think we are very close to it. Obviously, we still need to do it. We will see what the future brings," he said.

"There is a lot of quality up front. I think the whole team is full of quality. They've been showing it already throughout the season.

"I am happy to be here and I can't wait to get started. I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and, obviously the fans, who make the club this special.

"With the history at the club and everything around it - even the training ground and stuff - it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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