Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk in world-record deal

Virgil van Dijk could be heading to the Etihad in January

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Virgil van Dijk could be heading to the Etihad in January Credit Getty Images

"Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!" he said on Twitter.

Van Dijk in action for Southampton against Liverpool earlier this season.

The player has cost Liverpool 75 million pounds (100.50 million US dollars), a new world record fee for a defender.

Liverpool have agreed to sign Netherlands global Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a reported world record fee for a defender, the two English Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday.

The Dutchman had been expected to join the Reds last summer after he handed in a transfer request.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has remained determined to sign Van Dijk as he tries to shore up a leaky defence that has fatally damaged Liverpool's Premier League title ambitions.

Media reports said Liverpool beat Manchester City and Chelsea who had both shown an interest in van Dijk.

"There is a dearth of top-class center backs throughout world football hence why so many clubs wanted (Van Dijk) and the transfer fee is so high", former Liverpool center back Jamie Carragher told broadcaster Sky Sports.

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It ends a long chase for the side now lying fourth in the Premier League.

"Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!"

Dembele has been linked with clubs in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Serie A in advance of the January window opening.

"12 million to Southampton [was] a snip at the time!".

"I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League", he wrote. Thank you for everything!

"What can I say is Liverpool need defenders".

Dembele could also be on the move in the January transfer window and it was recently claimed Brighton had seen an £18m bid accepted.

This time, it was presumed this was so because the deal with Liverpool was being ironed out.

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