Van Dijk had plenty of offers on the table from the likes of City and Chelsea, but he recalled an incident with a group of Reds fans at last years Champions League final at the Principality Stadium that convinced him Liverpool was the club to join.
I never really go to big games to watch as a fan, but I was in Cardiff, Van Dijk said.
The sponsors (Sony) hooked us up with two fantastic seats and it was two hours from where I used to live so we thought, “Lets go.”
From the moment I got there a lot of people in hospitality were Liverpool fans and they were saying, Join, please join.
It was funny to see how big the support and fan base of Liverpool is.
That sort of thing stays with you. Influence? That is a big word, but it does something to you.
There was a lot of attention on myself. There had been a lot of talk about different clubs at that time.
It could have been different fans coming up to me and saying, Come to us but 90 per cent of the supporters were Liverpool.
That says a lot and the people who were with me were like, Woah, there are so many Liverpool fans, it is all over the world. It was incredible.
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