Gary Neville admits he’s shocked by latest Liverpool FC signing
Gary Neville admits his shock at the amount of money Liverpool FC have reportedly paid to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton
Gary Neville has admitted his “shock” at amount of money Liverpool FC are reported to have paid to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
The Netherlands defender confirmed on Wednesday night that he had agreed to sign for the Reds from Southampton, with Liverpool FC reported to have paid as much as £75m to secure his signature.
Liverpool FC were heavily linked with a move to sign Van Dijk in the summer and the Reds finally got their man before the January transfer window opened.
However, although former Manchester United defender Neville seems to think that Van Dijk will end up being a great signing for Liverpool FC, he has questioned the fee paid by the Reds.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “Liverpool have to get the defence right, in the bigger matches they do stress quite quickly and can crack, so from their point of view, paying that sort of money hopefully it pays off, but for Southampton they would snap your hand off for £75m.
“Over the last few years they have lost some good players for good money but nothing at this level. It seems like a fantastic sell.
“I was surprised in the summer when I saw £50m for Kyle Walker but he has done brilliantly and it’s just the way the market has shifted to an incredible level that shocked me.”
Liverpool FC are currently preparing for their home Premier League clash against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday as they look to win their final game of 2017.
Jurgen Klopp’s men head into that game on the back of their impressive 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City at Anfield on Boxing Day.
Van Dijk will officially join his new club on 1 January, when the transfer window opens.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds will make any more signings in the January transfer window as Klopp prepares his team for the second half of the campaign.
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