Virgil van Dijk has been speaking a year on from signing for Liverpool for £75 million – and it seems he could not be happier at Anfield.
The Dutch defender has proven to be a bargain even at a world record price, but he settled in immediately and has improved the Reds’ defence beyond recognition.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com to mark his one year anniversary, Van Dijk said: “It feels like I’ve been playing at Liverpool for years.
“This year has flown past so quickly, but my family and I have enjoyed every bit of it. Already there have been so many good memories that I’ve made in such a short period.
“There are so many things we want to achieve with this group, this club. We need to keep going.”
Van Dijk is clearly very settled on Merseyside with his family and has put in some world-class performances on the pitch.
Liverpool have kept more clean sheets (18) than they have conceded goals (17) in Virgil van Dijk's 33 Premier League games for the club.
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Since the summer when Alisson joined Van Dijk in defence, the Reds have kept more clean sheets than they have conceded goals.
There have been calls for the number four to replace Jordan Henderson as club captain such has been his impact, although there is no suggestion that anything like that will take place any time soon.
However, Van Dijk added: “The boss revealed recently I had been voted as the third captain by the players, after Hendo and Millie. That is such a big honour – and for it to have been voted for by the players is incredible.
“It’s not something I work for but if you get the recognition and if the manager agrees with it, then it’s something you cannot take for granted.
“You need to enjoy it, you need to be really proud of it – especially for such a big club like Liverpool.”
The impact Van Dijk has had on Liverpool over the last 12 months has been monumental – there’s no way the Reds would be six points clear at the top of the table if it wasn’t for him.
If Liverpool do win the Premier League this season, he will, no doubt, become a club legend.