Van Dijk has won more duels and interceptions than any Man City defender since joining Liverpool

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Virgil van Dijk has been the main man when it comes to keeping the defensive ship at Liverpool steady. His individual performance help to inspire and encourage his team-mates into stepping their game up to match his own. The way in which he has set standards such as never being dribbled past in a whole season, or simple consistent communication to reassure his team-mates, as well as laying into them when required has been vital to Liverpool. But it could have been all so different. For starters, he could have been playing in Manchester for Pep Guardiola’s City, where he would definitely have won more trophies. But one thing that wouldn’t have changed is his ability to slot into a world-class side. Virgil van Dijk could have been playing for Man City had they not passed up chance to sign him Van Dijk has had a huge impact at Liverpool since joining from Southampton last JanuaryManchester City very nearly snapped up the Liverpool and Dutch superstar midway through the 2017-18 season. This shocking revelation came in the Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’ when chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano were discussing potential targets and how much it would cost to bring them to the Etihad.When Mubarak was informed of how much it would cost to bring Van Dijk to the club, he quickly poured cold water on the potential deal. His reaction said it all: ‘You can’t be serious!’City had decided that £76million was too muc

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