Virgil van Dijk certainly made an impression on his Liverpool debut on Friday night, and he’s won the praise of an LFC legend after his first outing as a Red.
Aside from adding defensive steel for us in our 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup, the Dutchman bagged a late winning goal to spark brilliant scenes at Anfield.
It will be a debut to remember for him and for us, as he looks to have a big influence and take us closer to winning major honours again.
As noted by BBC Sport, we splashed out £75m on the former Southampton man, which raised eyebrows for some outside of the club, but he ultimately addresses a key weakness we had and we’ll be all the better for having him in the squad regardless of the fee.
Robbie Fowler has certainly been left feeling positive with what we’ve now got marshalling the backline, as he gave his opinion on Van Dijk’s epic debut and that much talked about price-tag.
“I thought, even without his goal, Virgil van Dijk looked composed, calm and collected – everything a £75million player should be,” he wrote in his Mirror column.
“The world-record fee for a defender in securing Van Dijk shows that Liverpool is still regarded as a big club. With this signing, they have displayed huge intent that they want to progress and win things.”
Let’s hope that statement of intent helps to lead us to where we want to be moving forward. Based on the very early signs, there is much to be optimistic about and Fowler is convinced we’ve done the business in the transfer market.