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Liverpool fans loved the tweet Gini Wijnaldum sent to Virgil van Dijk upon signing

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Late on Wednesday afternoon, Liverpool FC confirmed the club record signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Signed for a reported £75m fee, the 26-year-old defender will become a Liverpool player when the transfer window opens on January 1.

Liverpool failed to land their key summer target but Jurgen Klopp's side re-entered discreet negotiations over the last few days.

Van Dijk was a reported target for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal but the Dutchman reportedly favoured a move to Anfield to work with Jurgen Klopp.

He's been handed the No 4 shirt and becomes the most expensive defender in world football.

Liverpool had already spent close to £100m on five Southampton players since the summer of 2014.

They have raided Adam Lallana (£25m), Dejan Lovren (£20m), Rickie Lambert (£4.5m), Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (34m) from the South Coast.

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Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has become a key member of Klopp's first team since joining from Newcastle.

He's played alongside Van Dijk for the Dutch senior team and the Dutch U-21 team - so Gini Wijnaldum extended a special welcome to his new club teammate just minutes after it was officially announced.

Liverpool fans were absolutely loving it

Van Dijk is expected to make his debut in next weekend's FA Cup 3rd round clash against Merseyside rivals Everton.

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