Jamie Redknapp makes bold Liverpool FC claim about Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work and does not make him nervous

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists the £75m price tag is a big compliment to his hard work and does not make him nervous

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is unbelievable".

"I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is wonderful", the centre back told Carragher. "I'm just very happy to play for the club".

Van Dijk's mammoth price-tag has made him the most expensive defender in transfer history.

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"Defensively they have never had anyone - [Ragnar] Klaven, [Joel] Matip, [Dejan] Lovren - none of them are that standout centre-back that you look at and who is going to lead from the back, going to be a good talker".

Asked by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher why he snubbed City and Chelsea, Van Dijk told Sky Sports: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is incredible. I can't change anything about that", said Van Dijk.

Van Dijk finally moved to Anfield from Southampton on New Year's Day and capped a dream debut by notching the victor in last Friday's FA Cup third round victory over Merseyside rivals Everton.

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He could make his Premier League debut for the Reds when they host leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

'Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line - and I think Van Dijk is a top defender.

Earlier this week, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted he was interested in Van Dijk prior to his move to Anfield, while Manchester City were long-stand admirers.

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