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Man Utd fans react to Jurgen Klopp's comments on Van Dijk's £75m Liverpool move

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Liverpool yesterday confirmed they've finally agreed to sign Virgil van Dijk in January for £75 million - a world-record amount for a defender.

The Dutchman was tipped to swap St Mary's Stadium for Anfield in the summer until Southampton reported the Reds for tapping-up their player.

But now Van Dijk has secured his dream move and Jurgen Klopp believes he's signed a top talent - although he will need time to adapt.

"Virgil hasn't had the best first half to the season at Southampton," said the German. "He was out injured for a long time and we all know about the things that happened last summer.

"He's a tall player - they always need a little bit longer especially after being out for around nine months - but that's no problem.

"We already have quality here in that position so we don't have to rush anything. He needs to adapt to our style of play. It's a completely different game, but we are 100 per cent sure he will do it."

Van Dijk is exactly the calibre of defender Liverpool have needed and lacked since Jamie Carragher's retirement in 2013.

But £75 million represents a huge risk and it's one that Klopp is now being labelled a hypocrite for following his comments on the transfer fee.

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According to Klopp, Liverpool fans should ignore the fact Van Dijk cost so much money and focus on the quality he will bring to their side.

"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," said Liverpool's manager.

So why is he being called a hypocrite? Well, back in 2016 when Manchester United signed Paul Pogba for £89 million, Klopp said he hated the idea of spending that amount of money.

"If you bring one player in for £100 million and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney," said Klopp last year. "The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore.

"That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.

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"Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money."

In the space of 18 months, Klopp has gone from saying he wants to do things differently to spending £75 million on a defender. Talk about a change of tune.

Here's how United fans have been reacting to Klopp's comments about forgetting about Van Dijk's hefty price tag.

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