Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has given an interview to the Liverpool Echo and has taken the time to discuss the Virgil van Dijk transfer. The Reds agreed a world record fee for a defender in December 2017 when they brokered a 75m deal. The fee was met with much derision at the time, the top comment on the BBC article reporting the transfer is a Kopite describing the figure as an “absolute joke”.
Somehow, Van Dijk looks an absolute bargain at £75m. How many players can you say that about?
Arguably Liverpool’s best signing of the Klopp era, the German gaffer told the Liverpool Echo: “we needed him in the moment, it was clear, he can make the next step with us”. Liverpool’s boss believes that Van Dijk’s long journey to the top of the game is evidence that cream always rises, he said about the Dutchman, “the nice thing about his career is that he was not 16 years old and everyone saw he would be a world-class player…I’m really happy for him that he could show all these doubters in his past”.
The towering defender has gone from part-time striker at Celtic to Champions League winning, odds on favourite for the Ballon d’Or. His journey is proof to youngsters everywhere that if you have the talent and you apply yourself, you will make it – sometimes you may need to take a longer route but you will get there with the right attitude.
The gaffer believes that he has earned all of the plaudits being heaped on him, continuing: “He deserves all these awards, that is how it is.”