Virgil van Dijk's signing 'fantastic' for Liverpool, says Leicester boss Claude Puel

Virgil van Dijk
GETTY Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool on Monday
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30 December, 2017

The Dutch worldwide finally secured a move to Anfield as the world's most expensive defender on Wednesday, with British media reporting it was a 75 million pounds ($100.88 million) deal.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claimed Netherlands worldwide Van Dijk isn't worth it, while ex Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher disagrees.

While most of the arguments around the transfer were based on the huge fee, valid points were raised on the question marks over van Dijk's attitude and the fact that it can be perceived to be something of a desperation move from Jurgen Klopp to turn out his pockets in order to try to solve his defensive woes.

A move to Liverpool will pose new challenges, especially given Klopp's preference for his team to commit its full-backs forward and leave the central defenders isolated. "At Southampton it is impossible to bring in players for £80m or £50m".

"We don't make the prices, the market does". Liverpool supporters should forget about the price. "I would like to bring in a couple of players minimum and we have to work for this".

Virgil van Dijk
GETTY Virgil van Dijk was in attendance for Liverpool's clash with Leicester

Van Dijk will become soccer's most expensive defender when the January transfer window opens in the Premier League on Jan. 1.

'I suggested we buy him for £6m at the time and the chief scout said he wasn't quick enough and didn't see him stepping up [from the Scottish league] to the level we were looking for. "That is why we are really happy about it".

Calling for fans to allow time for Van Dijk to adapt, Klopp said: "Virgil hasn't had the best first half to the season at Southampton".

"But that's no problem". We already have quality here in that position so we don't have to rush anything. "It's a completely different game, but we are 100 per cent sure he will do it".

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