After what has been one of the most protracted moves of the 2017 transfer window(s), Virgil van Dijk is now a Liverpool player. Moving to the club on 1st January, the deal that was supposed to be signed up in the summer is complete. At around £75m in total, the Dutchman makes the big move he seemed destined to make in the summer.
This is a hugely important move for Liverpool, and will likely play a major role in the clubs ambitions being met for 2017/18 and beyond. A frail backline has seen the Reds halted in their bid to catch Manchester City at the top of the table. Had ‘VVD’ signed in the summer, they may be yet closer to the top of the table.
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk,” Liverpool posted on the official club website.
“The Reds have agreed a deal with the south coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018.
“The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.”
The ex-Celtic man arrives at Anfield with a reputation for being incredibly powerful, pacy and good on the ball. A regular scorer of goals too from defence, he’s likely to become a mainstay for Liverpool in the years to come.
For Klopp, the hard work now comes with integration. Coming in mid-season is likely to make it hard for van Dijk to show his best form before 2018/19 starts; yet, now, Klopp knows another key part of the jigsaw, alongside Naby Keita, has been secured.