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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk unfazed by record price tag

Virgil van Dijk unfazed by record price tag
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Virgil van Dijk says that he is "very happy" to be plying his trade for Liverpool and is honoured to have become the world's most expensive defender.

New Liverpool recruit Virgil van Dijk has admitted that becoming the world's most expensive defender is "a big compliment" that does not faze him.

The 26-year-old swapped Southampton for Anfield at the start of the January transfer window in a £75m deal, five months after trying to force through a move between the clubs.

Van Dijk memorably marked his debut with a winning goal against Everton last week, and the Dutchman is willing to continue working hard in the hope of providing Reds supporters with many more happy memories.

"It doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money. I can't change anything about that," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing. You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I'm just very happy to play for the club."

Van Dijk overtook Kyle Walker as the most costly defender in world football, with Manchester City paying around £50m to sign the full-back from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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