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Newcastle boss Bruce: My attempt to sign Van Dijk

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has revealed he attempted to sign Virgil van Dijk while he was manager of Hull.

Bruce will come up against the Dutch centre-back when his Newcastle side face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Virgil van Dijk: wow, what a player," he said.

“We all know how good Liverpool are up front but signing him and the keeper [Alisson] gave Liverpool the backbone they needed, just took them to the next level.

“I could have taken him [Van Dijk] to Hull. I had dinner with Kenny Dalglish and the owner of Celtic, Dermot Desmond, in Barbados – I'm name-dropping now – and Desmond was waxing lyrical about the best players he's had.

"He was saying: '[Henrik] Larsson is definitely, definitely the best I've seen play for Celtic in my ownership but what I can't understand is nobody has gone for Van Dijk.'

“I thought: 'That's interesting, he's seen a lot of football over the last 12 years,' so I tried to get him before he went to Southampton but I had no chance."

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