Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore labels Virgil van Dijk deal ‘absolute madness’
The news that Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool in January for £75million has been labelled as ‘absolute madness’ by Stan Collymore.
It was revealed today that Southampton have agreed a fee with Liverpool for the Dutch centre-back.
An official announcement from both clubs has been made with the deal to be concluded on January 1.
The fee for Van Dijk, who joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 for £13million, will be a world record for a defender.
Former Liverpool player Collymore is staggered at the fee.
‘Even the biggest clubs will be pricing themselves out of the market soon,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘Absolute madness.’
Too much money burning too many big holes in too many pockets.
Even the biggest clubs will be pricing themselves out of the market soon.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 27, 2017
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has also expressed his shock at the price tag.
‘It’s a lot of money isn’t it,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve not seen a lot of Southampton recently but I’m not sure he’s playing that well.
‘He’s a good defender. They’ll need to get him back to his best for that money.
‘I’m not surprised by the transfer but that’s an incredible amount of money.’
He added that ignoring the money, Van Dijk is an ideal addition to Liverpool’s squad: ‘Liverpool need defenders and that’s the way the market is.
‘When it comes to bigger matches they do stress quite easily and can crack.’
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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher struck a more positive tone, noting that Van Dijk is better than he was in many departments.
Van Dijk’s first game is likely to be the FA Cup third round Merseyside derby with Everton.
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