The Dutchman's star has gone up and up over the past few years to the point that he is now an indispensable player for club and country.
Liverpool's previously rickety defence was shored up almost immediately following Van Dijk's move from Southampton earlier this year.
Now, Jurgen Klopp's side is deemed a bona fide challenger for the Premier League title, while the Netherlands are also on the up following several miserable years.
Then just 21 years old, the previously unknown Dutchman's move went under the radar somewhat, but following his move from Holland to Scotland, he has developed massively.
And speaking to BBC Scotland ahead of Liverpool's Premier League trip to Burnley, Van Dijk had some very kind words to say about his former employers north of the border.
"Celtic helped me a lot in making my move to Southampton," he said. "I'm always grateful for that.
"It was a great time for me in my development. Three years abroad adapting to the British style of play and winning trophies for such a big club with amazing fans."
Have something to tell us about this article?