Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has looked back on his beginnings at the club, recalling his initiation song in 2018.
Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Van Dijk looked ahead to the upcoming karaoke for the new signings during the camp in Austria. The centre-back was then asked if he remembers his own initiation at Liverpool four years ago.
“I do, yes, I did an RnB song called So Into You by Fabolous,” said the 31-year-old. “I tried my best, I obviously joined in the winter and I did the song in the summer. I thought I was going to be over it, but I was the first out of the hat and had to do it. I did the show and I was happy that everything was done.”
Even for the ice-cool £75m man himself, it must have been nerve-wracking in-front of his new teammates. It’s all good fun, though, and Virgil has since gone on to establish himself as one of the real leaders of the group.
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As far as initiations go, things are surely a lot more tame for players these days. In days gone by there would undoubtedly have been copious amounts of alcohol involved. Now, a mere public sing-a-long is as bad as it gets.
Still, if you’re a young man like Calvin Ramsay or Fabio Carvalho, standing up in-front of seasoned internationals like Van Dijk must be tough.
It gives a good indication as to the kind of character your new teammates can expect you to be. Should a young player make an impression, he can really show himself to be one to watch.
The coaches will have an eye on proceedings with interest too. There’s nothing in the way of footballing ability on show, but how players interact within the group can be important for selection decisions.
A big night lies ahead of Ramsay, Carvalho, Nunez and co, then. Often with these kind of things, it’s when they go wrong that they make for the best kind of stories.
No pressure, lads!