Van Dijk ‘delighted and honoured’ to become a Liverpool player

Date published: Wednesday 27th December 2017 6:42 - Oli Fisher

Virgil van Dijk has released a statement following his £75m move to Liverpool from Southampton on Wednesday.

The Reds struck a world-record deal to sign the defender after a summer saga which threatened to end their chances of landing the Dutchman entirely.

Van Dijk centre-back will move to Anfield in a transfer that is understood to be worth £75million, the highest price ever paid for a defender.

Van Dijk could not hide his excitement at securing his dream move in a statement on Twitter.

“Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!” he wrote.

“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 [I] 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 few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything.

“Thank you for all the messages of support. I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started.”

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