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What Virgil van Dijk Was Told After His Very First Training Session At Celtic

Nasir Jabbar

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What Virgil van Dijk Was Told After His Very First Training Session At Celtic

What then-Celtic manager Neil Lennon said to Virgil van Dijk after his very first training session was telling.

The Scottish Premiership club snapped up van Dijk for a measly £2 million from Groningen in 2013.

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But once the commanding-Dutchman went through his paces, Lennon knew his future lied elsewhere.

"I was really surprised no one came in earlier for him at Celtic," the 47-year-old said.

"After one day I pulled him in after training and said 'look, you are not going to be here long. Enjoy yourself.'

"He was just that good. I could not believe my luck that we got him from Groningen for €2 million. He had everything.

"Pace, great physicality, technique and superb in the air in both boxes."

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van Dijk eventually secured a switch to the Premier League after two seasons at Celtic Park.

He moved to Southampton for just £13 million before completing a mega-transfer to Liverpool in a deal worth a reported £75 million.

The 27-year-old has produced defensive heroics since arriving at Anfield.

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This season, he's a been a rock at the back, keeping clean sheets for fun as Liverpool mount a serious challenge to win the Premier League title.

Is van Dijk the best defender in world football? Let us know what you think.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Celtic, Football, Neil Lennon, Southampton, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk

Nasir Jabbar
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