Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp backs van Dijk to justify huge fee

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged supporters to "forget about the price tag" for the club's record signing Virgil van Dijk and focus on the qualities of the Dutch worldwide. We needed a 17-year-old boy to shout out today, "Here, it's still happening and it's happening all the time - I need help, we need help to stop it".

"That is what Van Dijk has to do, take Liverpool to trophies and be Liverpool's No. 1 centre-back for the next decade or so".

"I can imagine people will think "wow, what a number it is" but for me it is not really interesting", declared Klopp.

Liverpool's £75 million deal to sign Virgil van Dijk next month has sparked contrasting views from rival managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Klopp has repeatedly stressed that "supporters should forget the price", but the magnitude of the Reds' outlay certainly makes that hard, particularly for other managers.

Yesterday, Virgil van Dijk was bought for £75m.

Virgil van Dijk
GETTYVirgil van Dijk completed a £75million move to Liverpool yesterday

Asked what Van Dijk will bring to the club, Klopp said: "Quality".

"But like I said, I always thought he had the game and he's proven that". A player like Rugani could set us up for the next ten years but so could van Dijk as he's only 26. That is what I am interested in because all the rest I can't, and don't, want to talk about - because if I open the door then you run all the way through'.

The Dutchman will be the most expensive January signing in history, as well as becoming the most expensive defender ever.

After the deal was confirmed, manager Jurgen Klopp insisted that nobody should be anxious about the price-tag but admitted it will take time for Van Dijk to get into the swing of things at Anfield. What Klopp should do now is use this as an opportunity to form a new partnership in the heart of Liverpool's back-line, by moving Joe Gomez into the middle to play alongside his record signing'.

But former Celtic manager Deila has criticised big English clubs for not having faith in the standard of Scottish football when there was first interest in classy Van Dijk while he was at Parkhead.

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