Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: 'Virgil van Dijk may not face Manchester City'

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Virgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that his world-record price tag does not make him "nervous" and he considers Liverpool's £75 million spend on him to be a "compliment".

But the 26-year-old says the chance to join the Reds and play under manager Jurgen Klopp was irresistible.

Van Dijk, however, offered up his reasoning behind his decision to move to Merseyside over Manchester.

"So the fact that they have got that money and brought in Van Dijk, who I think is going to be a huge success - I have said it from day one, he is the sort of player that they need".

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is wonderful".

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Asked by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher why he snubbed City and Chelsea, Van Dijk told Sky Sports: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is fantastic".

Last weekend, Van Dijk marked his first appearance since a £75m move from Southampton with the winning goal as Liverpool defeated Everton in the FA Cup third round.

It could have been very different, with Conte admitting he was keen to take the centre back - but it is understood the west London club would only have paid a full £25m less than Liverpool shelled out. "I can't change anything about that", he added.

Liverpool had to see off competition from the likes of league leaders Manchester City to land Van Dijk this month.

"As good as he is, defensively they have had a problem for a long time now and I think Van Dijk pretty much guarantees you top four".

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