Since Liverpool announced that they had agreed a £75m deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton
The deal is both a club record for Liverpool and a world record fee for a defender, with Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville among those to react to the news, with the ex-England international questioning the Dutchman's recent form.
The Express quoted Neville as telling Sky Sports:
“What can I say is Liverpool need defenders. They have to pay to get him and that’s the way the market is.”
The former England international did reveal that he feels this could yet be a good deal for both clubs, claiming:
Not sure, but double the price of Lindeolf sounds cheap to me!! https://t.co/SYbq4JtYQB— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 27, 2017
Woooaaaahhh! Don’t go all defensive . Genuine question to a Liverpudlian Colleague! https://t.co/zZHH3Z6evt— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 27, 2017
Van Dijk will officially become a Liverpool player when the January transfer window opens on New Year's Day, but having not played any of Southampton's last three games, it remains to be seen how close to match fitness the Dutchman will be when he arrives at Anfield.