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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk insists £75m price tag is a compliment

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk insists £75m price tag is a compliment

The defender, who arrived at Southampton in September 2015 from the Scottish team, Celtic, for £13 million (€14.6 million) and signed a new contract for six seasons a year ago, was in the orbit of other major Premier League teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea.

But the 26-year-old says the chance to join the Reds and play under manager Jurgen Klopp was irresistible.

"He's still a young lad but of course he's ready (for the Premier League)", Jurgen Klopp said.

Van Dijk had 16 global appearances with the Dutch national team. "I think as a player you would love to have a manager who does that".

"He's got great attributes and that's something I can look at and see what he does from day to day".




After making a dream start to life with Liverpool with the victor in the Merseyside derby, Virgil van Dijk spoke to Jamie Carragher about his hopes.

Many have spoken about the presence that Virgil van Dijk has about him, praising the manner in which he carries himself. But I'm just looking forward to what is coming.

"I'm a player who needs to be vocal, needs to talk, otherwise I'm not 100 percent myself either", he said. "It's something I'll always be grateful for".

However, it's not all been plain sailing for the former Charlton Athletic starlet. Even then, his potential was clear and although his progress was halted by injury, the English global has kicked on this season. They've not let me down. "It gave me goosebumps, and is something I'll never forget".

What have you made of Gomez this season at both right back and centre back?


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