Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk insists £75m price tag is a compliment

Joe Gomez

The defender, who arrived at Southampton in September 2015 from the Scottish team, Celtic, for £13 million (€14.6 million) and signed a new contract for six seasons past year, was in the orbit of other major Premier League teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea.

Saints threatened to report Liverpool to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach for Van Dijk and the Reds backed off.

It was a statement from the club's current record signing, who had made the £75 million move from Southampton just four days earlier.

"He's got great attributes and that's something I can look at and see what he does from day to day".

Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield this weekend with Van Dijk looking to build on his impressive debut last week. It'll be interesting to see if Van Dijk's presence has a bigger effect than Coutinho's absence. As a promising defender, Gomez is blessed to have such a talented defender around him in training. The Blues are unbeaten and it might be time to seriously think that they might go the whole season without a loss, and avoiding defeat away to Liverpool will prove they can definitely be the Blue Invincibles.

Gomez signed for Liverpool from Charlton Athletic as a 17-year old and was thrown into the deep end by Brendan Rodgers, first playing for the senior side as left back.

"I need to be coming off the pitch every game with my voice gone, and that's something I can bring".

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