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Virgil van Dijk refuses to answer Man Utd question amid Liverpool contract uncertainty

Virgil van Dijk refused to answer whether he'd rather play for Man Utd or Everton
-Credit: (Image: YouTube/Pro:Direct Soccer)


The hatred that Manchester United and Everton have for Liverpool — and vice versa — needs no introduction at this stage. Both clubs are Liverpool's biggest rivals and the four league games against the pair are the ones most fans look forward to most every season.

Liverpool generally tend to get the better of Everton in the Merseyside derby, while games against United can go either way. This season, Liverpool surprisingly only managed one win from four league games against the two sides, beating Everton earlier in the season before succumbing to the blue half of Merseyside in the latter part of the campaign.

While against United, Liverpool drew both games and also lost in the FA Cup quarter-final.

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Historically, players don't usually swap Liverpool for either Everton or United, and if one player has played for one, rarely does he end up representing the other in his career. Michael Owen, for example, is one of the only few who has worn the red of both Liverpool and United, albeit with a five-year gap in between.

Would any modern Liverpool player want to play for either side now, however? The question was put to club captain Virgil van Dijk recently.

In an interview with Pro Direct Soccer, Van Dijk was put in the awkward position of having to answer the question by YouTuber Angry Ginge.

“I’ve got a question for you, would you rather play for Everton or Manchester United?” Van Dijk was asked while doing some training for the purpose of a promotional video.

Van Dijk side-stepped the question with his usual elegance, saying: “I’m not even going to answer that question because it would never happen.”

Considering Van Dijk's status as one of Liverpool's most- revered players, it's doubtful he would ever play for either side. However, history could've been very different. Jose Mourinho has claimed he tried to sign Van Dijk while boss at United and Van Dijk was still at Southampton.

In the end, United failed to land the towering Dutchman and he signed on the dotted line for the Reds instead, and the rest is history.

Van Dijk has just one year left on his contract, and after his imperious performances last season, an extension certainly seems likely for the 32-year-old. But there is uncertainty surrounding his future, with talks yet to begin and a new manager coming to Anfield in the form of Arne Slot.

Liverpool.com says: Van Dijk would never play for either side. Aside from the fact that, as of writing, a move to either Everton or United would be a backwards step in his career, the player knows how much esteemed he's held in by Liverpool fans, and he would likely never want to jeopardise that.