The Dutchman first got here to prominence when he moved to Celtic in June 2013 sooner than transferring to the south coast in September 2015.
Alternatively, it has emerged Van Dijk may have joined Arsenal as a substitute of Southampton however the Gunners’ leader scout Steve Rowley determined in opposition to signing him.
Former Celtic assistant boss John Collins advised beIN Game: “Arsenal’s leader scout concept he [Van Dijk] was once too nonchalant.
“Possibly that was once a part of his sport however he ticks such a lot of of the opposite containers.
“He’s were given tempo, energy, stability, distribution and he’s excellent within the air.
“He could be a bit nonchalant however he’s a high quality participant.
Alternatively, Collins additionally claimed former Reds supervisor Brendan Rodgers additionally became down the risk to signal Van Dijk.
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He added: “Gary McAllister was once the assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and I advised him, ‘I am hoping you’re going to come back and take Virgil’ however Brendan didn’t fancy him and didn’t suppose he was once higher than what we already had.
“He would’ve price round £12m. Each and every crew watched him ceaselessly however the fear was once he was once appearing it in opposition to Scottish avid gamers however it’s essential inform he was once sturdy, robust and a neatly balanced participant.”