Virgil van Dijk says that Jurgen Klopp is one of the main reasons he decided to join Liverpool ahead of Manchester City or Chelsea. The Dutch central defender became the world’s most expensive defender after he completed his move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018.
The former FC Groningen and Celtic defender had attracted the interest from several big teams and the defender had held talks with Pep Guardiola at the time. At the end he decided to move to Liverpool and he has now admitted that Klopp was very important in his decision to pick Liverpool ahead of the other teams.
“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.”