Is Virgil Van Dijk worth a record transfer fee for a defender?
By Joe Harker
We went through this circus in summer, but this time Southampton centre back Virgil Van Dijk really is on the move. Liverpool tried to sign him in the summer but dropped their plans after being accused of tapping him up, but that didn't deter them as The Telegraph reports that they have now done a deal somewhere in the region of £75 million, making him the most expensive defender in the world.
The Independent reported that Southampton conceded defeat in their attempts to hang onto Van Dijk, with his exclusion from matchday squads seen as evidence that they are trying to get along without him. The club decided it would be better to sell him for as much as they can rather than be stuck with an unhappy player that could be worth less as time goes on.
ThisIsAnfield suggested that Van Dijk was ready to turn down summer interest from Chelsea and Man City for the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp and the player seems to have been set on a move to Anfield despite the interest from other clubs. He will almost certainly go into the team as first choice centre back as he brings a quality that Liverpool have sorely lacked at the back for years.
Man City's summer acquisition of Kyle Walker was the most expensive transfer fee paid for a defender until now, but Liverpool have raised the bar once again to sign a player they have coveted for some time. Their defence, often the most problematic issue at the club, looks much stronger with Van Dijk in it and fans are overjoyed at the transfer despite the high price.
Some Liverpool fans have suggested that Van Dijk could be a future club captain one day and have no concerns over his record breaking transfer fee. One fan said the money was "completely irrelevant" because signing him was so important. Liverpool's defence has been their biggest weakness for several seasons and since Klopp took over as manager the team has looked scintillating in attack and scatterbrained in defence. If Van Dijk's signing goes some way to improving that then it could be completely worth it. Liverpool fans will not gripe about the price if he solves their defensive woes.