World most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk has officially completed his move to Liverpool as he declares that the Anfield club is his “perfect match.”
The 26-year old Dutchman, who will wear the number four shirt at Liverpool almost forced a move last summer but Southampton can only hold on to him for just four months. The deal was understood to be in the region of £75million which is now the highest ever fee to be paid for a defender
The transfer fee paid for the Holland international will better the £54M Manchester City paid to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham last summer, but Van Dijk seems to be unconcerned with the price. He said while speaking with the club official website for the first time: “With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well.”
“Obviously there is a lot of money being paid, but I can’t do anything about that money, I can’t do anything about the price – nobody can,” the former Celtic defender stated.
“It’s only the market. The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100 percent every day. That’s what I definitely want to do and I am going to do.
“I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started. I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special.
“I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game. I am looking forward to doing that, that’s the main thing.”
To be able to realize his ambition of improving, Van Dijk believes he is learning under the right Manager, Jurgen Klopp.
He continued: “Since he’s come in, I think he has made a lot of progress until now and I think it is only hopefully going to get better and better. Hopefully, I can contribute to that as well and keep working hard.
“Everybody obviously from a Liverpool perspective knows how he is; how lively he is, how he can make players better and give them confidence as well.
“It just suits me as well. I think he can make me a better player and I am just looking forward to working with him.”
The Liverpool latest signing will be unavailable for their New Year’s Day game at Burnley as it is against the FA rule for a new player to play on the day his registration is done.