Van Dijk not daunted by huge transfer fee

Van Dijk not daunted by huge transfer fee

But the 26-year-old says the chance to join the Reds and play under manager Jurgen Klopp was irresistible.

The Reds spent £75 million to sign the Dutch global and he became the most expensive defender in football history.

It could have been very different, with Conte admitting he was keen to take the centre back - but it is understood the west London club would only have paid a full £25m less than Liverpool shelled out.

Asked why he chose Liverpool, Van Dijk, who also played for Celtic for two seasons, said: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is fantastic".

The Merseyside outfit breathed a sigh of relief when their big-money signing made the ideal start to his Liverpool FC career with a late victor in a 2-1 victory over Everton at Anfield in the FA Cup third round. "I can't change anything about that".

He could make his Premier League debut for the Reds when they host leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

He started and scored the victor in the third round tie.

The Dutchman completed his move from Southampton to Anfield on January 1 and marked his debut with an 84th-minute victor against Everton in the FA Cup third round.

He said: "Everyone is vying for second place, but I think personally that by bringing in Van Dijk, you pretty much have cemented the top four with that one signing. The team's tactics should be as tuned as possible and I haven't made a decision so far [on who starts]".

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