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Van Dijk on King Kenny’s influence

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Virgil van Dijk revealed that Kenny Dalglish has been texting him before matches during the Reds’ Premier League title bid this season.

The 27-year-old Dutch skipper has been phenomenal for Klopp’s men since his £75million move from Southampton after which he swapped numbers with Dalglish.

Reds hero Dalglish was the last manager to win a League title for the club and Van Dijk described the positive effect he has on Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying squad.

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time,” Van Dijk told the club’s official website.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.

“Like most clubs, Liverpool have some private boxes for players available. I have my own box for my family here. To get there, you have to walk through the boardroom.

“On match days, that is like walking in a museum. Almost every Liverpool legend is present.”

Van Dijk has played 51 games in all competitions this season and was awarded the December EPL player of the month award for his displays in Liverpool eight consecutive wins.

With Klopp’s men four points clear at the top of the league table, Van Dijk indicated that he and his team-mates are aware of the legendary status they could attain by bringing the top-flight title to Anfield for the first time since 1990.

“I just love to hear all the stories from the guys who used to play for this magical club,” he added.

“When you have meant something to this club, they will never forget you.

“You are Liverpool forever.”