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Alan Shearer reacts to Liverpool's £75m deal for Virgil van Dijk

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It’s fair to say Virgil van Dijk’s impending £75 million move to Liverpool has caused a stir.

The Dutchman will finally move to Jurgen Klopp’s side and become the most expensive defender in the world, five months after a move to the Merseyside club fell through.

While there is very little doubt Van Dijk will make a massive improvement to Liverpool’s faltering backline, the crazy transfer fee is the focus of attention for many football fans and pundits.

And one man that feels very strongly about the deal is former Southampton player Alan Shearer.

The Match of the Day pundit has spoken to the BBC following the news and believes his former club have got a great deal.

"Southampton have got one hell of a deal. Van Dijk is a good player, yes, but for £75m? No, he's not worth it at all," Shearer said.

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"Southampton could have named any price they wanted. They knew Liverpool were absolutely desperate for a centre-half. Everyone is aware they are desperate - we have seen them come up short several times this season.

"When Liverpool try and sign a goalkeeper - which they also desperately need - they will find the same thing.

"We've been saying it for a number of years now - that transfer fees have gone through the roof - and this one has taken it to another level."

Very strong words from Shearer.

After numerous reports emerged on Wednesday night, Liverpool finally confirmed the news that all their fans had been waiting for with the following statement.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk," it read.

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"The Reds have agreed a deal with the south coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018.
The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool."

The first match he could be available for?

At home in Everton in the FA Cup.

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