Southampton: Liverpool agree Virgil van Dijk signing

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The sum will be a club record - as well as a world record for a defender, and for a player from the Netherlands.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher struck a more positive tone, noting that Van Dijk is better than he was in many departments.

"Southampton Football Club can confirm it has reached an agreement with Liverpool over the transfer of Virgil van Dijk", it read.

The Dutchman underwent a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday ahead of a world-record deal for a defender.

Subsequently, Liverpool did. However, that never stopped rumours that Van Dijk would soon make his way to the club.

The 26-year-old will wear squad number 4 on arrival at Anfield.

'That is what Van Dijk has to do, take Liverpool to trophies and be Liverpool's No 1 centre-back for the next decade or so'.

The Reds icon, 39, told Sky Sports: 'I think there is a dearth of top-class centre-backs throughout world football hence why so many clubs wanted him and the transfer fee is so high, ' said Carragher.

Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk will complete a move on January 1, 2018, having been left out of Southampton's side for their 5-2 defeat at Tottenham on Boxing Day. However, the bitter terms between the two clubs seem to have ended now with Klopp looking set to get his wish granted in January.

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop".

Southampton had threatened to report Liverpool over their original pursuit of Van Dijk amid claims that the player had been "tapped up" by the club.

While there is no doubting the quality of the Dutch worldwide, the size of the fee for a player who has not been performing at his very best this season may still raise a few eyebrows.

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