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Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk set to join Liverpool for World Record £75m

Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk has finally completed his long-awaited move to Liverpool after both clubs agreed on a world record £75m for the Dutch defender.

Van Dijk will join Jurgen Klopp's Reds once the winter transfer window opens on January 1.

The 26-year old who handed in a transfer request after his proposed move to Liverpool broke down in the summer, expressed his delight at completing the transfer, stating that he was honoured and couldn't wait to play for his new club.

According to Van Dijk, he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Southampton and will always remain indebted to the club for giving him the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

VVD said;

"Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player. Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football".

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come".

"I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton".

"I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club".

Van Dijk's world record fee of £75m is the highest ever paid for a defender, eclipsing the £52m paid by Manchester City for AS Monaco defender, Benjamin Mendy in July.

Liverpool fans will no doubt be thrilled with the signing of Van Dijk following their constant complaints about the club's shaky defence that has seen them concede 23 goals in the league this season.

 

Welcome to Liverpool, VVD!

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