On Wednesday evening one of the most dramatic transfer sagas of the summer was brought to a close as Liverpool finally got their man, signing Southampton man Virgil van Dijk for a record £75m.
The Dutchman was the subject of much interest from clubs across the Premier League, including runway title favourites Manchester City and reigning champions Chelsea. However, Van Dijk eventually signed for Liverpool, seeing him become the most expensive defender in the world.
The deal for Van Dijk comes after a summer transfer saga, abundant in twists and turns, saw the defender go as far as to place a formal transfer request in an attempt to get his move, although his efforts proved futile, seeing him remain a Saints player for another six months until finally getting his desired move.
Southampton signed Van Dijk from Celtic for £13m in January 2015 and will net a tidy £61.4m profit on the defender.
While many critics remain sceptical regarding Van Dijk's price tag, there are many admirers out there who feel Liverpool have signed a truly quality player, one of them being Saints teammate and boyhood Reds fan Charlie Austin.
Austin took to Twitter to wish his Saints teammate good luck in the future, writing: "