Paul Merson: What I really think about Liverpool FC signing Virgil van Dijk

Paul Merson discusses Liverpool FC's signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson has admitted that Liverpool FC’s £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk surprised him due to the huge transfer fee paid by the Reds.

Liverpool FC confirmed on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to sign the Netherlands defender from Southampton ahead of the January transfer window.

The move will officially go through when the transfer window opens on 1 January after Jurgen Klopp moved quickly to add to his squad.

Liverpool FC were heavily linked with a move to sign Van Dijk over the summer and they moved swiftly to get the deal done in the winter window.

Arsenal legend Merson admits he was staggered by the amount of money paid by Liverpool FC to land Van Dijk but accepts that is the current state of the market.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “I must say, £75m is a lot of money for Virgil van Dijk, but they’ll be getting a lot of money for Philippe Coutinho if he goes too.

“I do like Van Dijk, and they need someone like him. I guess that’s how much centre-halves are now, it just shows you how many kids want to play centre-forward these days.

“As Mourinho said, full-backs are mega-expensive now too.”

Liverpool FC return to Premier League action on Monday when they travel to Burnley.

The Reds are looking to try and at least finish in the top four for the second season running after they secured Champions League qualification under Klopp last term.

The Merseyside outfit will take on FC Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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