Virgil van Dijk has claimed he feels no pressure being the world’s most expensive ever defender at £75m and told Jamie Carragher why he elected Liverpool over our rivals.
The Dutchman confirmed his Merseyside switch on January 1st, scoring a winning goal against Everton on debut last Friday!
As a result, he’s guaranteed to start our crunch fixture with runaway title leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
“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,” the 26-year-old said when asked about the big fee we paid. “I can’t change anything about that.”
“I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing,” he continued, when probed by Carra about why he rejected champions Chelsea and champions elect City.
“You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I’m just very happy to play for the club.”
Losing Coutinho has made many forget just how big a coup van Dijk is for the club.
He obliterated our transfer record and once up and running, can establish his reputation as one of the very best centre-backs in the Premier League.
If he develops a lasting partnership with one of our current central defenders, the team will be in a far better and more organised state.
In the long run, we can see the giant defender taking the armband, too.