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Why Virgil van Dijk only plays with 'Virgil' on the back of his shirt

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Virgil Van Dijk has made quite the impression since joining Liverpool to kick off the January transfer window.

After completing his £75 million move from Southampton, the Dutchman said: “I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started. I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special.

“With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well.”

On top of saying all the right things, the 26-year-old proceeded to score the winning goal against bitter rivals Everton on his debut to send Liverpool through in the FA Cup.

Not a bad start to life at your new club, eh?

Van Dijk is the signing Liverpool fans have been craving for years now; a legitimate defender who is a commanding presence. But, he can also play.

One thing many fans have noticed since Van Dijk's arrival, however, is the fact that he plays with his first name on the back of his shirt.

A few Liverpool fans are said to have jumped the gun and got his surname on the back of their strips ahead of his deal going through, but according to Van Dijk's uncle, there's a good reason why he wears 'Virgil'.

Liverpool v Everton - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

“Virgil has done amazingly well to be such a success given the ups and downs there have been in his family, Steven Fo Sieeuw told The Sun.

“His dad split with his mother and his three children, including Virgil, found it hard to forgive him for that.

“The truth is his dad was not around for so many important years and it is his mother who is the real hero of this story.

Liverpool v Everton - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

“You don’t take your dad’s name off your shirt without a reason and Virgil has made it very clear how he feels.”

That's a sad and unfortunate story, but let's hope Van Dijk has repaid his mum for all her hard work since completing his £75 million deal!

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