Liverpool centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, has disclosed that he considered a string of factors when he decided to join the Reds and snubbed interest from elsewhere, including Manchester City.
The Holland international joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in 2017.
Speaking on why he decided not to move to Man City despite interest from the Citizens, the 28-year-old told BT Sport: “Before I decided to choose Liverpool, I looked at all the aspects of the clubs; the way of playing, the team-mates, the future as well.
“The city, the fans, everything has got to be a big part of joining a club.
“I think Liverpool at that time when I made the decision was the right decision and obviously to reach the Champions League final in my first six months was a big bonus and helped me a lot in my development.
“With a Champions League medal from last season and a Premier League medal on the way, if this season is completed, Van Dijk is sure he made the right choice.”
Van Dijk added:
“To be honest, in the first six months that I joined, we had more training sessions.”
“It was intense, and there were a lot of different things that were going to be asked of me.
“And I enjoyed it a lot – the hard work, the discussions that I had with individual players about the way Liverpool play.
“The manager, Jurgen Klopp, demands a lot from me, and that helped me become the player I am today.”
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