Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has been confirmed to join Liverpool in the new year. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signed the Dutch international for a hefty £75m transfer fee. Now, he has beseeched Liverpool supporters to focus on van Dijk’s calibre as a player rather than the money paid. Klopp spoke about what the 26-year-old brings to the table. He said, “Quality. That’s why we got him, that’s why we were interested in him. It’s quite difficult at the moment because technically he’s still a Southampton player. We don’t make the prices, the market does. Liverpool supporters should forget about the price. We only talk about the player and what he can bring in; the quality, the mentality, the character. That is why we are really happy about it.”
The Dutchman has made 67 appearances in his 3 years in the Premier League. Off that, as mentioned earlier, he has only made 12 appearances in 2017-18. He has had 1 clean sheet, conceded 18 goals and performed 10 tackles. The 26-year old also has a tackle success rate of 70%. Virgil Van Dijk has 0 last man tackles and 2 blocked shots to his name. His credentials also include 29 interceptions and 78 clearances. Off those clearances, 50 have been headed clearances. However, he has not had any clearances Off Line. He also has 71 recoveries.