Chelsea wanted Van Dijk before Liverpool — Conte

Antonio Conte admits Chelsea wanted now-Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

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In the end, Van Dijk shattered Liverpool's transfer record, and moved himself a step closer to legend status when he scored the late game-winner in the 3rd round FA Cup Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk will be hoping to feature for Liverpool FC when the Reds return to Premier League action on Sunday with a crunch clash against leaders Manchester City at Anfield. "It was thoroughly deserved, it felt amazing to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family".

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And the Italian has confirmed Van Dijk was a player he advised his board to sign but they decided he was not worth the £75m shelled out by Liverpool.

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"It was not the best piece of football for 95 minutes, but a proper fight".

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Conte described the 26-year-old as a "really good player" but stopped short of confirming his interest after Chelsea beat Southampton in the Premier League on December 16, when the player was an unused Saints substitute.

"Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line - and I think Van Dijk is a top defender".

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