There's only one name on the lips of Liverpool fans right now: Virgil van Dijk.
Fenway Sports Group may not be renowned for their expertise when it comes to transfers, but they have learned a few important lessons recently.
They have moved to secure the Dutchman ahead of the January transfer window in a £75million deal, eclipsing the previous club record of £48m that had already been agreed with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita.
The Reds are getting their business done early as they build towards what should be a promising future.
Keita won't be arriving until the summer, which leaves plenty of time for Jurgen Klopp to keep an eye on his progress in the Bundesliga.
Things haven't always gone smoothly for him since he agreed the switch; there was a point earlier this season when he was sent off three times in seven games for club and country.
However, any concerns over his discipline can be offset against his impressive work ethic.
The Mirror have pointed out that in his recent social media posts, he was seen in the Leipzig dressing room despite the fact that German football is currently in the midst of its winter break, which started on December 20 and won't end until January 12.
The majority of Bundesliga players will be taking the opportunity to have some time off, yet the Guinea international is putting in extra hours in training.
As there is no respite from the fixtures in England at this time of year, the 22-year-old is trying to stay fit so he won't be left wanting when he finally gets to Merseyside.
For all his reckless challenges, it has to be said that sounds like the mark of a mature player.
Upon agreeing terms with Liverpool, he insisted he would remain focused on Leipzig for the remainder of the campaign, which is likely to be another motive for his rigorous training.
“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club," he said, per the Telegraph.
"I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance."
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