Rio Ferdinand claims Virgil van Dijk made ‘perfect’ move to Liverpool FC
The Man United legend opens up about Virgil van Dijk's move to Liverpool FC
Rio Ferdinand believes Virgil van Dijk’s transfer to Liverpool FC came at the “perfect” time in the Dutch centre-half’s career.
The Netherlands international completed a £75m club record move to the Reds from their Premier League rivals Southampton.
Liverpool FC made the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the world following his much-anticipated January move.
Van Dijk established himself as a promising defender during two seasons at Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.
The Dutch centre-half moved to Southampton in 2014 and soon became one of the Premier League’s top-rated centre-halves.
Van Dijk scored the winner on his Liverpool FC debut in a 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup third round before disappointing performances against Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand endorsed Van Dijk’s move to Liverpool FC despite his mixed start to his Anfield career.
“I think it’s been mixed [for him],” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“He scored on his debut against Everton which was fantastic for him but obviously he’s been involved in a couple of goals against Liverpool.
“I think it was perfect timing for him – he was ready to make the move. Steady development at Celtic and then onto Southampton when he became the leader of that team.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table in Klopp’s first full season in charge of the Anfield outfit.
The Reds were 5-0 winners against Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in Portugal on Wednesday night.
The Anfield outfit will take on West Ham United in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday 24 February.