Virgil van Dijk insists £75m price tag is a compliment

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Liverpool v Everton - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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Virgil van Dijk believes his £75 million price tag is a compliment and insists that he does not feel any nerves about repaying the investment.

Liverpool announced the signing on the 1st of January and the Dutchman made his dream debut in the FA Cup against Everton at Anfield, scoring the winner to send the Reds into the fourth round.

While van Dijk showed hints of why many consider him a world class defender and why Liverpool spent so much to sign him, there are some who are hugely critical of the fee paid.

In an exclusive interview with Jamie Carragher for Sky Sports, van Dijk insists that the huge transfer fee is not weighing heavily on his mind but that he actually feels complimented.

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Speaking to Carragher, van Dijk said: “It doesn’t make me nervous, it’s a big compliment to myself for the hard work I’ve put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money. I can’t change anything about that.”

Liverpool had to fend off Manchester City and Chelsea to sign the Dutchman and van Dijk has explained why he chose Liverpool over other potential destinations.

Van Dijk said: “I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing.

“You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I’m just very happy to play for the club.”

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Liverpool take on Manchester City this weekend and having van Dijk at the back will be hugely important for the Reds’ chances of success and it looks like his £75m price tag will not be weighing on his mind.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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