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By Chineze Ogugua

Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk has agreed personal terms with Liverpool and will join them when the transfer window re-opens on the 1st of January in a world record deal of £75m.

Virgil Van Dijk

The fee is the most ever paid for a defender after Manchester City paid £52m to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy in July.

Van Dijk didn’t feature in Southampton’s 5-2 defeat by Tottenham as he was dropped from the squad amidst speculations he was set to leave the club.

The Reds have long been in the chase for the Dutch defender but saw the deal fall through after the Saints accused them for illegally trying to poach their defender away.

Van Dijk said: “Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player. Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football.”

“I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton.”

“I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club.”

Van Dijk will not be able to register as a player until the 2nd of January but has been given a shirt number after the Anfield club announced he will wear the number four shirt.

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