John Collins reveals why Arsenal rejected Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk
Arsenal & Virgil van Dijk
Former Celtic assistant boss John Collins was a guest pundit on bein Sports on Saturday.
During the coverage of the Premier League, Collins discussed Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk’s first foray into British football was with Celtic. The 27-year-old moved to Parkhead from Groningen back in 2013.
After spending two seasons at Celtic, Van Dijk joined Southampton. The Dutch international forced his way out of St Mary’s to join Liverpool in 2018 in a £75 million deal.
Collins has now confirmed Arsenal could have signed Van DIjk from Celtic.
Indeed, Arsenal were offered the opportunity to sign the defender. However the Gunners rejected the chance, believing VVD was too “nonchalant”.
Virgil van Dijk’s Liverpool injury update
It was a bittersweet afternoon for Virgil van Dijk against former employers Southampton.
Liverpool recorded their seventh win of the season to remain top of the Premier League.
However Van Dijk’s day ended early in the second half when he was forced out the game with a knock.
Liverpool have since posted an update on their website regarding VVD’s health. It states:
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe the injury that forced Virgil van Dijk from the field in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton to be serious.
Klopp told his post-match press conference: “He already had a bruise in the ribs before the PSG game, which is very uncomfortable and today he got another hit there.
“It’s not cool but should not be too serious.
“It should be absolutely OK, hopefully. I didn’t hear anything different.”
Also see: Mohamed Salah’s brilliant gesture after Liverpool 3 – Southampton 0.
Romelu Lukaku’s two horror moments for Man United vs Wolves.
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