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Video of Virgil van Dijk's performance for Southampton against Man City last season

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Five months after they were reported to the Premier League for their alleged illegal approach, Liverpool have finally got their man.

It doesn’t take a football expert to figure out Liverpool need to improve their defence - a problem that has persisted for far too long now.

And while many football and pundits believe they’ve overpaid to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75 million, there’s very little doubt the Dutchman will improve their defensive record.

Of course, the 26-year-old hasn’t played too much this season.

He missed the opening few weeks of the campaign due to the ongoing transfer saga with Liverpool in the summer and has been left out of the squad in recent weeks.

And even when he has been playing, he certainly doesn’t look the same player he did before he suffered an ankle injury in January.

But only those with a short memory will say that Van Dijk isn’t a brilliant defender.

Last season, he was magnificent before his injury as Southampton finished 8th and reached the League Cup final.

And his display against Manchester City last October was particularly impressive.

The Saints picked up a respectable 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium and Van Dijk was magnificent throughout.

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City only had three shots on target during the entire 90 minutes - a stat that seems crazy 14 months on.

But looking at Van Dijk’s highlights from that match shows Liverpool exactly what they will be getting - a fantastic defender with a lot of quality on the ball.

WATCH: VAN DIJK VS MAN CITY LAST SEASON

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KLOPP ON VAN DIJK'S SIGNING

After the deal was confirmed, manager Jurgen Klopp insisted that nobody should be worried about the price-tag but admitted it will take time for Van Dijk to get into the swing of things at Anfield.

"Quality, that's why we got him," Klopp said.

"I'm interested in him. It's difficult for the moment because he's technically still a player of Southampton, that's how it is. I have much more time and opportunities to talk about him. I can imagine people think, 'wow what a number it is' but of course for me, it's not really interesting.'

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"We don't make the prices, the market make the prices and the first thing all Liverpool supporters should forget quite soon is the price. We only talk about the player and what he can bring in and it's quality, it's mentality, it's character and all that stuff. That's why we are really happy about it.

"It's a long-term thing. He's probably not had his best first half of the season in Southampton. He was injured for a long time and then we all know the things about what happened last summer. He's a tall player and they always need a bit longer (to recover), especially after nine months or so. He needs to get rhythm, all that stuff, but that's no problem."

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