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Van Dijk had ‘instant feeling’ over joining Liverpool

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Virgil van Dijk insists his debut for Liverpool against Everton is one of his most cherished memories.

Liverpool snapped up Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for €84 million in the winter of 2018, a record at the time.

Since then, Van Dijk has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world’s best players, and arguably the best in the business in the Premier League, while helping his side to a Champions League title.

Many even tipped him to win the Ballon d’Or on the account of his extraordinary exploits last season, though he finished second to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Speaking about his transfer, the Dutchman suggests he did not have to think hard when an offer from Liverpool came.

“It was surreal for me to have to make a decision [about] where to go to at the time. The instant feeling was there with Liverpool and they ticked most of my boxes,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

“When I went to Celtic I didn’t realize how big they were at the time. But I had a feeling before I joined Liverpool how big Liverpool really were.

“It was special, and when things got finalized and you start playing, my debut against Everton was something I will never forget.”