It took them several months, but Liverpool finally got the player they wanted since this past summer.
The Reds completed a move for Virgil van Dijk this past Wednesday, as the former Southampton defender will join the Anfield side for a record-breaking £75 million deal. The previous record both belonged to Manchester City, as Benjamin Mendy () and Kyle Walker () joined The Citizens for massive fees earlier this summer.
Liverpool confirmed the move on the official Twitter account. The 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018, and will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.
There is no question van Dijk will improve Liverpool’s defence. Even though they have been one of the best teams at home in the Premier League this season, Liverpool have already allowed 23 goals in just 20 matches, and they needed someone who could bolster their depth at the back. At least on paper, the Netherlands international represents quite an upgrade over other in-house options such as Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, and Ragnar Klavan.
van Dijk started his career at Groningen in 2011, and spent two years before joining Celtic on 2013. Two years later he signed with Southampton, and after another two-year spell at The Saints now he joins Liverpool, where he will have the burden of being the most expensive defender in football’s history.