Last season, going forward, Liverpool were arguably the most exciting team in the Premier League to watch — even compared to the eventual champions of that campaign Manchester City.
With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho before he left for Barcelona, Liverpool blew teams away. However, for all the damage they could do in attack, at the back, they were extremely vulnerable.
Manager Jurgen Klopp knew that and so did Michael Edwards and the club’s owners FSG, which prompted them into finally signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton last January, much to the delight of supporters.
— LFC 1892™ (@benjwong) December 27, 2017
I've been waiting for you to tweet this since last summer.
— Nash Nashy (@NASHterpiece) December 28, 2017
NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME!!! I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!
— • (@VintageGinii) December 27, 2017
Announce clean sheets
— EVANS (@jamieevans1999) December 28, 2017
I don't know why everyone is going on about his cost l, 75 mil will be nothing over the next few years, cost is irrelevant these days
— A. S (@RedssYNWA) December 28, 2017
— vinil bharath (@vinilbharath) December 27, 2017
Welcome to the greatest Football club in the world i know you will help us with our defence issue Amen
— junior mustapha (@bayarno999) December 27, 2017
Finally i have wated this day so much
— AJ Koirikivi (@A_J98true_red) December 27, 2017
Brilliant news been waiting for van dijk. Not interested in price. Neither should any one else. Liverpool payed it and is there business there will b sour grapes ( man city) but who cares. He is a liverpool player welcome to liverpool Virgil eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
— Jenny Neame (@jennyneame4) December 28, 2017
The Reds had previously failed in their pursuit of the 27-year-old with Southampton left far from pleased with what they deemed as tapping-up from the interested party last summer.
In the end, though, Klopp was able to get his man in a world-record deal for a defender. And while some questioned Liverpool’s decision to fork out so much money on van Dijk, as things stand, the Dutchman’s transfer to Anfield will go down as one of the most impactful in Premier League history.
Alongside the addition of goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma prior to the beginning of this campaign, van Dijk has given Liverpool so much defensive solidity.
The Netherlands captain has been aerially dominant, precise with his tackling and exceptional when it has come to stepping out of defence to make interceptions.
With his presence in the side, Liverpool have conceded just eight Premier League goals all season and remain unbeaten at the top of the table heading into their gigantic clash against Manchester City on Thursday.
If this really is Liverpool’s year, then they have van Dijk, among others such as Klopp, to thank should the title end up at Anfield come May.
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