Advertisement Comment What Jurgen Klopp said to convince Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool over Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp told Virgil van Dijk he would become a Liverpool legend if he joined the Reds over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, according to Danny Murphy.A number of Premier League clubs wanted to sign Van Dijk from Southampton in 2015 but Liverpool won the race, bringing the Dutchman to Anfield in a deal worth £75million.Van Dijk has since developed into one of Liverpool’s most important players, playing a starring role for the club this season as they impress both domestically and in Europe.Murphy has credited Klopp for Liverpool signing Van Dijk, telling the Daily Mail: ‘When Virgil van Dijk signed for Liverpool, he was also wanted by Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Liverpool is a wonderful club but Chelsea had won the league more recently and City win things nearly every season.‘So why did Van Dijk choose Liverpool? One reason: Jurgen Klopp. He connected with Van Dijk.‘He told him that while he would probably win things with City or Chelsea, if he managed to do so with Liverpool he would become a legend. He would be remembered forever.‘Klopp convinced Van Dijk not only that he was the manager he wanted to play under but also that Liverpool was the right club.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Van Dijk helped Liverpool clinch a crucial 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday as Klopp’s side returned to the top of the Premier League.Spurs forward Lucas Moura levelled for the visitors after Roberto Firmino’s first-half header but an injury-time own goal from Toby Alderweireld gave the hosts the three points.Speaking after the crucial win, Van Dijk said: ‘Tottenham are a very good side with great players who like to have the ball.‘We tried to put them under pressure which we did in the first half but in the second half they changed it up a bit.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It was a bit difficult for us but in the end we got the three points and that’s all that matters.’On the Premier League title race, Van Dijk added: ‘When these moments come we never give up.‘We are going to try and win every game. It’s going to be tough but let’s enjoy it and keep going.’MORE: Mohamed Salah reveals what he told Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool beat Tottenham
Results elsewhere conspired to doom the Clarets, who had gone into the KC Stadium clash knowing they needed a win to stand any chance of staying up, and that even that might not be enough. Sean Dyche’s men kept their side of the bargain with a gutsy display capped by Ings’ 62nd-minute strike which ended a run of more than 10 hours without a goal. Press Association Danny Ings’ second-half winner was not enough to save Burnley from relegation out of the Barclays Premier League – and opponents Hull are now favourites to follow after this perilous defeat. Brady himself had his first chance to become Hull’s hero in the 37th minute when he clattered the top of Tom Heaton’s bar with the first of his free-kicks. Burnley boss Sean Dyche clearly took the decision to start to stretch the game at the start of the second half – although the way other results stood at the interval, even a winner would not have been enough to save them. Ashley Barnes sent an overhead free-kick crawling just wide of Steve Harper’s right-hand post and Matt Taylor also came close before the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down when Ings tumbled under McShane’s challenge in the box. Hull boss Steve Bruce threw on Nikica Jelavic on the hour and played three up front but two minutes later Burnley snatched a shock opener when the home defence failed to deal with Ben Mee’s ball into the box and Ings rifled home. Hernandez, introduced moments earlier for the ineffective Sone Aluko, came close with a neat back-heel which was held well by Heaton then Brady rattled the bar for the second time from a long-range free-kick. Bruce’s side launched a series of increasingly desperate attacks as the minutes ticked by but the Tigers were frustrated and will now have everything to do in their last two games if they are to avoid joining their opponents in relegation to the Championship. But it proved a dismal afternoon for the Tigers, who now look in serious danger of joining Burnley in the Championship as they languish in the drop zone with games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come. Robbie Brady twice slammed the woodwork from long-range free-kicks and substitute Abel Hernandez came close with a back-heel but the Tigers’ performance lacked the buzz with which they had set about beating Liverpool less than two weeks ago. Knowledge of Sunderland’s lunchtime win at Everton – which ensured Hull would start the game in the drop zone – can hardly have helped the atmosphere of tension as Steve Bruce’s side were largely frustrated during a tight first half. The visitors, for whom the mathematics of survival meant a win was the very least they required, were roared on by a defiant contingent of travelling fans but they too appeared short on ideas. Despite Stephen Quinn’s third-minute cross narrowly evading Ahmed Elmohamady in front of goal, most of City’s early play lacked the necessary sharpness. James Chester had to be alert to deny Ings a shooting opportunity after a clever through-ball from Ashley Barnes, but the Clarets showed few signs of grabbing the goal they needed to prolong their survival fight. Brady consistently posed problems down the left and in the 19th minute he got behind the Burnley defence and sent in a low cross which was cleared off the line by Jason Shackell. As the half went on Hull gained the ascendency, with Elmohamady heading just over from a Brady cross and Paul McShane also inches away with a header from a Brady corner from the left.
Clean sheets have been particularly hard to come by in this season’s Premier League and only three clubs managed to clinch one last week (Aston Villa, Southampton, and Newcastle).Usual go to teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City have disappointed Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers so far. The Joy Sports team addresses the clean sheet problem alongside some premium captain picks in this week’s episode below. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Joy Fantasy Football Show to receive more weekly tips in FPL.
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