Van Dijk unfazed by huge price-tag

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The Dutch international has insisted that he sees the £75m fee as a compliment for his hard work, but that does not make him nervous.

Liverpool full-back Virgil van Dijk admits to feeling appreciated after the Reds forked out a staggering amount of money to secure his services from Southampton.

The defender marked his Liverpool debut with a late winner in front of the KOP during the Merseyside derby against Everton in the FA Cup third round.

In an interview with Sky Sports’ representative and former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher, van Dijk said he is unfazed by the hefty price that brought him to Anfield.

“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.”

Apart from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested in the defender, but ultimately he chose to join Klopp’s side. When asked what helped him make his decision, the Dutchman added:

“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.”