Sander Berge has shared with Norwegian outlet TV2 how Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk waited in the tunnel for up to 10 minutes to swap shirts with him, and insisted that he would love to play at Anfield more often in the future.
Berge was part of the Genk side that pushed Jurgen Klopp’s men in a recent Champions League game. The Reds ultimately won 2-1. But Klopp was reportedly impressed with the 21-year-old.
According to a recent report from VG, the Liverpool boss heaped praise on the youngster in the tunnel after the game, telling him that he was an interesting player.
And it appears that that was not the only incident Berge was involved in inside the Anfield tunnel. The Genk man has shared how van Dijk demonstrated his class with a gesture after the game.
“They respected us and took us seriously,” he told TV2. “They should be praised for that. I had asked Stefan Johansen to swap shirts with van Dijk. Van Dijk was waiting for me in the tunnel for five to ten minutes, so he stood there and we could do it. These are small details, but it shows how great people the Liverpool players are.”
And it was clearly not just van Dijk who left an impression on Berge. The starlet also suggested that he would love to return to Merseyside in the future.
“Yes, playing at Anfield is a dream for everyone in the world, and not least for Norwegians,” he added. “Liverpool are the best team and has the most fans. So I could definitely plan to play at Anfield as often as possible.”
It will certainly please Liverpool fans that the club have conducted themselves with such class. These are moments that could have easily taken place without ever finding their way into the public domain, and that is one of the main reasons why the likes of Klopp and van Dijk deserve so much credit.