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Virgil van Dijk has been a Liverpool player for four years today, on New Year’s Day.
The Dutchman’s £75 million purchase from Southampton rectified a defensive weakness that had plagued Jurgen Klopp’s side and laid the foundation for the Reds to eventually become English and European champions.
Van Dijk’s debut against Everton on January 5 was marked by an impressive goal, and his composure immediately extended throughout the backline, and his ability to defend and lead shined as the Reds went on an incredible run to the Champions League final.
The following season, they defeated Tottenham and won their sixth European Cup, followed by a Premier League triumph a year later.
Since his arrival, the centre-back has been nothing short of world-class, and nearly everyone has praised him.
But, when he signed for Liverpool, what was said about him?
The Washington Newsday examines what was said, including all of the good, terrible, and ugly from analysts, managers, players, and fans.
Jurgen Klopp said at the time that Virgil van Dijk was “proven quality” and asked Liverpool fans to forget about his £75 million transfer fee.
“Quality,” Klopp replied when asked what Van Dijk would add to the team. That’s how we ended up with him. That’s what piqued our interest.
“It’s tricky at the moment because he’s still technically a Southampton player.” I’ll have a lot more time and possibilities to speak about him in the future.
“I can understand people thinking ‘wow, what a figure,’ but this isn’t relevant to me since we don’t set the prices; the market does, and the first thing all Liverpool fans should ignore is the price.”
“We simply discuss the player and what he can bring to the table.” It’s about quality, character, mentality, and all of that. That is why we are overjoyed.” Former Southampton manager Claude Puel predicted that Virgil van Dijk might become the best defender in the world at Liverpool.
“He is one of the best defenders in the world, and he possesses all of the necessary characteristics to become the best,” stated. “The summary has come to an end.”