In Focus: £75m Van Dijk must show he can handle the pressure

Liverpool have announced that they’ve agreed a deal to sign Southampton’s Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk. The 26-year-old has been a transfer target for Jurgen Klopp for over six months.

The deal will be completed on the 1st of January when the transfer window reopens.

What’s the story?

Liverpool have finally agreed a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk for a reported fee of £75m. The club have been pursuing the experienced defender for a considerable period, and they even had to apologise for their pursuit of the former Celtic defender in the summer.

However, at long last, the Reds have secured their target, and Van Dijk will be allocated the number four shirt at Liverpool once his transfer is completed.

Do they need him?

Jurgen Klopp’s need for defensive reinforcement has been no secret. Currently, the Reds flaunt one of the most dynamic and explosive attacks in Europe. Nonetheless, their defence is dreadful in comparison and it was inevitable that there would be adequate signings to address that in the summer.

The Reds have conceded 23 goals in the space of only 20 league games, which is frankly embarrassing for one of the division’s most prominent teams.

Virgil van Dijk is highly regarded for his abilities on and off the ball. In the mould of the modern centre-half, the Dutchman is comfortable with the ball at his feet, yet his most striking qualities are to be found in his defensive work. The 26-year-old can dominate proceedings in the air, and he’s regarded for his fierce tackling. Liverpool fans will hope that he can produce his best in the iconic red shirt.

Is he worth the money?

With a cost of £75m, there is considerable expectation placed on Van Dijk’s shoulders to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. This is a world-record fee for a defender; he must be prepared to deliver.