VIRGIL VAN DIJK IS WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE DEFENDER AS LIVERPOOL PAY £75M
LIVERPOOL have agreed a deal for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds will pay £75million for the Dutch centre-back which would be the highest fee ever paid for a defender.
Liverpool wanted to sign the classy Holland international in the summer but withdrew their interest and apologised for the manner of their pursuit.
The 26-year-old was left out of the Saints squad for the 5-2 boxing day defeat to Tottenham and has been unsettled all season.
After that game, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino admitted he had no idea if Van Dijk is staying or going.
He said: “We know around Virgil there is a lot of speculation about him.
“We have to wait and see what will happen. I can’t control this but we have to think of our games.”
Chelsea and Manchester City were after the Dutchman’s signature but have failed to land their target.
Liverpool have been fragile at the back again this season, surrendering leads on numerous occasions.
And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made tightening up at the back his top priority in the January window.
Liverpool have conceded 23 goals in the Premier League so far this season, the most in the top eight along with Arsenal.