Virgil van Dijk explains why he chose to sign for Liverpool over Man City

Virgil van Dijk has revealed he took a host of factors into consideration before deciding to join Liverpool.

The Dutchman was also on Manchester City's radar but he opted for a move to Anfield in January 2018.

Van Dijk claims the playing style employed on Merseyside as well as Liverpool's passionate fans were some of the pivotal factors in his decision.

Jurgen Klopp's side reached the Champions League final within six months of his £75m move from Southampton.

And although they came up short Van Dijk looks back on the experience as crucial in his development.

"Before I made the decision to choose Liverpool, I looked at all the aspects of the clubs; the way of playing, the team-mates, the future as well," he told BT Sport.

"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 obviously a big bonus and helped me a lot in my development."

Since they lost to Real Madrid in Kiev Liverpool have gone from strength to strength and became champions of Europe in June last year.

They are also poised to win their first ever Premier League title should the season resume.

But Van Dijk, who is arguably Klopp's most important player, concedes he needed to adapt to the German's training methods upon his arrival.

"To be absolutely honest, in the first six months that I joined we had more training sessions,” he added.

"It was intense, there were a lot of different things that were going to be asked of me. And I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it a lot – the hard work, the discussions that I had with certain players about the way Liverpool, the way we, play.

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