Mark Lawrenson sends directs message to new Liverpool FC signing about price tag
The Liverpool FC legend has some advice for Virgil van Dijk in terms of coping with the pressure of his price tag
Mark Lawrenson has urged Virgil van Dijk not to waste time thinking about the size of his Liverpool FC transfer fee.
The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a club record £75m deal from Southampton last week to finally end the protracted transfer saga.
Liverpool FC made the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the world as Klopp secured the Dutch centre-half to improve his leaky defence.
Van Dijk started his career at Dutch club Groningen before he spent two seasons at Scottish champions Celtic and League Cup runners-up Southampton.
The stylish defender has Champions League experience but remains relatively unproven at the very elite level of European football despite his world record transfer fee.
The January signing will be under pressure to ensure Liverpool FC’s defensive problems are eradicated given his lavish transfer fee.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson urged Van Dijk not to be fazed by the size of his price tag despite criticism of how much Liverpool FC spent on the former Saints captain.
“It isn’t his problem. It’s not his fault but he is going to have to deal with,” Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“The first mistake he makes you can see it now: ‘£75m man makes mistake’. He is a very good player. He is going to have broad shoulders.”
Liverpool FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table and five points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds will take on Portuguese side FC Porto in the Champions League last 16.