The Reds made the Netherlands international the world’s most-expensive defender after reaching an agreement with the Saints for the 26-year-old centre-half.
Naturally, the size of the transfer fee has attracted some criticism given Van Dijk’s poor performance level for the south coast this season since his summer transfer saga.
However, Liverpool FC were reportedly facing competition from defending Premier League champions Chelsea and runaway leaders Manchester City for his signature.
Manchester United spent £30m on Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the summer but the Sweden international has been underwhelming in the first half of the season.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville quizzed Carragher about Van Dijk’s transfer fee and whether £75m represented value for money.
The former Liverpool FC defender responded to the Manchester United legend with a cheeky dig at the Red Devils.
Carragher wrote on Twitter: “Not sure, but double the price of Lindeolf sounds cheap to me!!”
Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move to the Anfield outfit in the summer transfer window but the Reds were forced to end their interest after Southampton threatened to report Liverpool FC for an alleged tapping up.
The Dutch centre-half even handed in a transfer request but Southampton refused to consider the sale of their prized asset and Van Dijk remained at St Mary’s beyond the summer transfer window.
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