Virgil van Dijk relishes return to Glasgow as he credits Celtic for shaping his rise to Liverpool star

GLASGOW wasn’t where everything started for Virgil van Dijk. Yet, it isn’t extending the story to express that he wouldn’t be where he is today if not for the city and Celtic.

On the recreation area, Van Dijk was a Bhoy that turned into a man, a rising star that fostered a triumphant mindset and advanced genuinely and strategically during two short yet sweet seasons at Parkhead.

Away from the game, Glasgow became home from home. His little girl was brought into the world there and the Dutchman drenched himself in the lifestyle that saw football shape individuals, including Van Dijk, in a way that he had never seen.

Seven years in the wake of leaving Celtic for Southampton, Van Dijk will return north of the line one week from now as Liverpool expect to rehash their Matchday Three triumph over Officers and make one more stride towards Champions Association movement, and maybe the actual flatware. In a vocation of such countless minutes to relish, this apparatus holds a remarkable significance.

“By and by, for my purposes, it will be my most memorable time returning to Glasgow so I’m truly anticipating that and considering a great deal of companions to be well,” Van Dijk said. “We realize it will be an extreme game and the fans around there, particularly the initial 10, 15, 20 minutes, will be hard so we must be prepared for that tempest.

“We know what’s in store. It will be hard and we must be prepared for that.

“Glasgow implies a great deal. It was my most memorable time traveling to another country, my most memorable time winning prizes, and those things were monstrous to me. They molded me, how I am personally.

“I have my little girl who was brought into the world there. Such countless great recollections of there that I will treasure perpetually so it will be perfect to return and ideally we will get the success too.”

Van Dijk showed up at Celtic in 2013 as an obscure amount however it became clear inside the space of weeks that he was bound for the highest point of the game and that the Parkhead group ought to appreciate him while they actually could.

Two Prevalence titles and an Association Cup were the first decorations that Van Dijk gathered in quite a while profession. From that point forward, obviously, he has added the greatest award of all subsequent to lifting the Bosses Association and has influenced Anfield history under the direction of Jurgen Klopp.

The red portion of Merseyside have required the 31-year-old to their souls very much like the green side of Glasgow did. Also, that makes the victories all the better for Van Dijk as Klopp’s side bid for additional victories this term.

Van Dijk said: “I played for FC Groningen for quite a while, they are a mid-table club and here and there you safeguard a ton, at times you can assault. In any, dislike what I was utilized to at Celtic.

“At Celtic, the strain was monstrous. On the off chance that you don’t win you lose, obviously, yet assuming you draw you lost. You needed to win and that was something, that mindset, that I certainly scholarly.

“Be that as it may, it was likewise figuring out how to play the English style with more straightforward, channel balls, a great deal of battling, headers. It was something I wasn’t exactly used to in Holland so it most certainly helped me to be prepared for my following stage in the Chief Association.

“100% [there are similitudes among Liverpool and Glasgow] and that is perhaps one reason that I picked Liverpool too.

“I truly feel that my move toward Celtic was a put together thing with respect to an inclination with the fans, the club, the local area and that it truly feels like it is an approach to living at Celtic.

“With Liverpool, it is the very same. At the point when I had the decision to come here or pick among Liverpool and different clubs, for me it was very certain that I needed to come here.

“I play here and I feel like I play for a many individuals and their lives. I’m truly glad for being a piece of Celtic and Liverpool.”

Van Dijk walked around the main apparatus against Officers no sweat and strut that was normal as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were dismissed and very much beaten at Anfield. However, the Ibrox return is a totally different recommendation.

Officers need an exhibition as well therefore on Wednesday night. Yet again van Dijk will presumably get his own remarkable greeting however the safeguard knows the most ideal way to quiet the group is for the Reds to do what they specialize in.

“You have to strongly disagree?,” Van Dijk kidded when it was referenced that the Officers fans will not fail to remember his Celtic association. “It works out and you need to acknowledge it. The main thing I can do is center around the game and that is how I will respond.

“Particularly at the outset [Rangers will be an alternate team]. We need to deal with that, we must be prepared for the tempest. We know how we can make a tempest here with the fans and they will attempt to do likewise. We must be prepared for that.

“I never played at Ibrox. I played at Hampden in the semi-last. It was very agreeable too.

“Clearly it will be an extraordinary environment and they are back in the Bosses Association without precedent for quite a while. Being an extraordinary atmosphere is going.

“Looking at the situation objectively, as a young man you needed to play in these sort of games. Champions Association is the most elevated European stage, sold out arena, insane air. We should take the plunge.”

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