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Liverpool finally get Virgil Van Dijk and what will the Dutchman add to the Reds

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Virgil van Dijk PHOTO: AFP / Adrian DENNIS

Liverpool have finally gotten their man after months of chasing, denying and even apologizing to Southampton at some point during the summer, they have completed a deal to sign Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk and the centre-back will join the Reds when the transfer window opens on the first of January 2018. The deal had been expected to through during the summer transfer window, but the Saints refused to budge and will now receive a world record fee for a defender, with reports stating that the fee will be £75 million, which is a massive amount and just shows how transfer fees continue to increase. During the summer we saw players break the £100 million mark and almost reach £200 million as Neymar moved to PSG for £198 million, while Ousmane Dembele moved to Barcelona for £135.5 million and Kylian Mbappe moved to PSG on a loan move that will be made permanent next summer and will cost the French club £166.4 million. This new wave in the transfer market makes the £89 million pounds Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last year look like a bargain. It is safe to say that we have entered a new phase in the transfer market, where the ‘big clubs’ will have to pay over the odds for players they really want/need. Now that Liverpool have paid a world record fee for a defender, let’s take a look at the player and analyze what he will be adding to the Reds.

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