Virgil van Dijk is likely to be the centre of attention during the January transfer window, having confirmed via his own social media channels that he will become the world's most expensive defender on New Year's Day, joining Liverpool in a £75million deal.

Liverpool were viewed as favourites during the summer months to secure the former Celtic man's services. Football Whispers exclusively revealed the Reds were in talks with van Dijk back in March and were confident that manager Jürgen Klopp would swing the deal in their favour.


Virgil Van Dijk To Liverpool? | FWTV by FootballWhispers

Southampton were reluctant to deal with the Merseyside club after allegations of tapping up – it was revealed Klopp text the player on a regular basis and met with him in Blackpool before last season had come to an end. But the Saints, in the end, relented and decided to cash in on the Dutchman.


The Southampton centre-back's price tag has raised eyebrows, so what are Liverpool getting for their money and how does he compare to his Premier League peers? The graphic below has the answers to those questions. All stats are from the 2016/17 season due to the large sample size available.

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