What happened when Dejan Lovren was asked about Liverpool signing Van Dijk last year

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Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Liverpool is bad news for Dejan Lovren.

In recent showings, the Croatian defender hasn’t been the train wreck that we saw against Tottenham back in October - but he will simply never inspire confidence in Liverpool’s back line.

And social media is awash with tweets from Liverpool fans, excited that Van Dijk’s arrival will cut into Lovren’s playing time.

The Netherland international’s move to Anfield became a formality today when the January transfer window opened.

His £75 million price tag is perhaps the biggest talking point - rival fans are simply waiting for Van Dijk’s first mistake - but the former Southampton man isn’t paying too much attention to that.

"Obviously there is a lot of money being paid, but I can't do anything about that money. It's only the market,” Van Dijk said in his first interview as a Liverpool player.

"The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100 per cent every day. That's what I definitely want to do - and I am going to do."

What happened when Lovren was asked about VVD

A penny for Lovren’s thoughts on Liverpool’s latest transfer.

The 28-year-old simply wasn’t willing to discuss Van Dijk back in July of 2017, walking out of an interview after being asked about Liverpool’s interest in the defender.

“I don’t want to talk about that. No, no,” he says after the interviewer pressed him on the matter.

Lovren was unwilling to talk about another club’s player, and many will applaud him for that.

Perhaps Barcelona’s players, who haven’t shied away from talking about Philippe Coutinho, could take a leaf out of Lovren’s book.

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Both Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez have admitted they would welcome the Brazilian at the Camp Nou, and Paulinho echoed similar sentiments in a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo.

"I try to give him the basic information, the most important for him and his family, because maybe the time he lived here was not enough to know the city, but he knows that Barcelona is a very good city, that offers everything for him and his family," Paulinho said.

"You have to think about the decision you are going to make. What I think is that if you have the opportunity to come, you will not regret it.

"He can play in two or three positions and I think that will also help the coach and the players. Now I just have to encourage it to happen."

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