Liverpool have finally brought the Virgil van Dijk saga to a close with their ambitious move to sign the Dutchman for £75 million from Southampton.
The club today released photos of van Dijk training at Melwood for the first time. With Liverpool playing some truly captivating football at the moment, to finally have signed van Dijk is both a huge relief as well as a sign of intent from the Merseyside club.
Despite the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side always feels a couple minutes away from a defensive meltdown, there is no denying that the Reds have been markedly improved at the back.
With van Dijk’s timely arrival, Liverpool will be sure to kick on and find solidity at the back to allow the likes of Mohamed Salah the freedom to work their magic in the final third.
It’s not just the supporters who are buzzing with van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield but Liverpool’s players as well and as Georginio Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com, ‘everyone at Liverpool is excited.’
On his compatriot, Wijnaldum said, “Liverpool is a big club that will always sign big players. In the squad, everyone will be happy if big players come to the club because it gives you a better chance of winning games and winning trophies.
“Everyone is excited, not only the players but also the fans and the people at the club. We’re always excited if players choose Liverpool [when] they could also choose other teams.”
Wijnaldum continued, “He can help us to win something because he is a good player, he already showed that at Southampton. It’s good for us – if you train with better players, you can improve and get better. It’s good for everyone that he’s coming to Liverpool.”
With Liverpool in fourth place in the Premier League, into the knockouts of the Champions League and with FA Cup football still to look forward to, the expectation is that van Dijk can push Liverpool onto bigger things.