Virgil Van Dijk Names The Stadium That Has Similar Atmosphere To Anfield
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk says only Celtic Park's atmosphere on European nights can come close to matching the ambiance created on similar evenings at Anfield.
The Netherlands captain spent two years in Glasgow at the Premiership champions between 2013 and 2015, before signing for Southampton, and then Liverpool last January.
He's undoubtedly one of the best centre-backs in English and European football at the moment, and the 27-year-old has been taking a stroll down memory lane.
Since Virgil Van Dijk made his debut for Liverpool, the club have managed to keep 17 clean sheets, Which is the most from any premier league club. Is there a bigger indication on how good the former Celtic centre half is?- Jake. (@ftblwriter) December 7, 2018
Superb statistic. #LFC
Speaking to ESPN FC, via the Mirror about the atmosphere at Anfield for some of the continental clashes he's been involved in so far, he said:
"It's very special. I don't think there's anything like it. The games we played last year against Man City and Roma at home were unbelievable, the atmosphere. It's just something special.
"You need to experience it so you can properly explain it, and to play in those circumstances is something special.
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"Celtic Park was outstanding as well, I enjoyed every bit there, so it might be a bit similar.
"But they are two amazing clubs, and I'm glad that I've played for them. I'm very happy that I play for Liverpool now."
Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk clearly valued his time at Celtic: "They helped me a lot in making my move to Southampton. It was a great time for me and my development. I had 3 years abroad adapting to the British style and winning trophies for such a big club with amazing fans." pic.twitter.com/NX8CGyWkEz- Natter Football (@NATTERFOOTBALL) December 6, 2018
Van Dijk played in the Champions League and Europa League whilst wearing the green and white hoops, whilst he reached the final of the Champions League under Jurgen Klopp's guidance last season.
But what do you make of the Dutchman's comments on his two favourite stadiums?
Let us know in the comments.