Virgil van Dijk officially unveiled by Liverpool
Liverpool have officially unveiled world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Djik after the January transfer window opened.
Van Dijk completed the deal understood to worth £75 million last week but it couldn’t been finalised until the window was declared open.
The 26-Year-old watched on from the director’s box at Anfield as his new teammates beat Leicester 2-1 on Saturday.
“I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special.
“With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and a perfect match for my family as well.”
The transfer fee eclipses the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham last summer.
“Obviously there is a lot of money being paid, but I can’t do anything about that money, I can’t do anything about the price – nobody can,” the Holland international added.
“It’s only the market. The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100 per cent every day. That’s what I definitely want to do – and I am going to do.
The former Celtic defender, who will wear the number four shirt at Liverpool, said: “Since he’s come in, I think he has made a lot of progress until now and I think it is only hopefully going to get better and better. Hopefully I can contribute to that as well and keep working hard.
“Everybody obviously from a Liverpool perspective knows how he is; how lively he is, how he can make players better and give them confidence as well.
“It just suits me as well. I think he can make me a better player and I am just looking forward to working with him.”
Van Dijk is unavailable for Liverpool’s New Year’s Day game at Burnley as his registration will not be concluded in time.