Martin Keown: Liverpool FC paid too much for Virgil van Dijk, I’m unsure about his mentality

The Arsenal legend believes Liverpool FC did pay too much for Virgil van Dijk

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Martin Keown is adamant that Liverpool FC paid too much for Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds agreed a £75m deal with Southampton to sign the Netherlands international ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

Van Dijk is Liverpool FC’s record signing and is the most expensive defender in the world ahead of his move going through on 1 January.

The 26-year-old established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League during two seasons at Southampton.

Liverpool FC attempted to sign the Dutch centre-half in the summer but the Merseyside outfit were unable to get a deal over the line.

The Reds managed to see off competition from defending Premier League champions Chelsea and current leaders Manchester City.

Former Arsenal defender Keown admitted that he has some concerns about Van Dijk’s attitude and mentality following his world record move.

“Of course it is [too much money]!” Keown told BT Sport.

“Liverpool are paying a premium for Virgil van Dijk because of the flashes we saw last season.

“This time last year he was starting to hit the heights but since returning from injury his attitude has been all wrong.

“He did not play for the first month of the season and has seemed to be sulking at not being allowed to leave Southampton.

“How strong is he mentally?”

Van Dijk moved to Southampton from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in 2015 before finally securing his move to Liverpool FC in December 2017.

Liverpool FC finished in second place in the Premier League table in 2002, 2009 and 2014 but have never won the top-flight crown.

The Reds signed four players in the summer transfer window after a fourth-placed finish last term.

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