Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk signs with Liverpool for record transfer fee

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk signs with Liverpool for record transfer fee

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop".

The former Celtic striker has insisted previously that he thinks the Bhoys did not earn enough when selling Van Dijk to Southampton - and now the centre-back is moving to Liverpool for £75m.

This news comes after the Dutch defender's omission from Southampton's last two matchday squads, amidst much speculation from both sets of supporters.

Liverpool have agreed to a club-record deal to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Dutchman Virgil van Dijk has joined Liverpool for a world record transfer fee for a defender.

The scale of the investment signals Liverpool's determination to plug leaks in the defense that have seen the team fall 17 points behind leader Manchester City into fourth place in the English Premier League.

Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk will complete a move on January 1, 2018, having been left out of Southampton's side for their 5-2 defeat at Tottenham on Boxing Day.




Van Dijk, who has never hidden his admiration for Liverpool, said in a statement he was "delighted and honoured" to sign.

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

"And despite a hard few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club".

"Delighted and honored to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player", Van Dijk wrote on Instagram alongside a picture holding a jersey of the club he will join on January 1.

Liverpool had originally been ready to pay about £60 million in the summer for Van Dijk when it became clear he wanted to join them.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the same switch in recent years.

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