Liverpool sign defender in world record deal

David Brooks

CELTIC legend Chris Sutton took to Twitter to troll a Rangers fan after Virgil Van Dijk's world-record switch to Liverpool.

But the move fell through when Liverpool were forced to make a public apology after being accused of making an illegal approach for the player.

The Reds were left celebrating on Wednesday as they announced that Southampton's star would be finally joining the club after a protracted transfer saga.

Media reports said Liverpool beat Manchester City and Chelsea who had both shown an interest in van Dijk.

Van Dijk previously handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Liverpool, leading to then-Southampton manager Claude Puel exiling the defender from first-team action.

Van Dijk will wear the No. 4 shirt upon his arrival at Anfield.

"That is what Van Dijk has to do, take Liverpool to trophies and be Liverpool's No 1 centre-back for the next decade or so". However, the bitter terms between the two clubs seem to have ended now with Klopp looking set to get his wish granted in January.

This prompted the Saints to complain to the Premier League and Liverpool to apologise and agree not to pursue the signing.

The newspaper sports writer said van Dijk would be paid a weekly salary of 180,000 pounds (242,000 U.S.dollars).

"I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League", he wrote.

"And despite a hard few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club".

"Thank you for all the messages of support".

Former Liverpool player Collymore is staggered at the fee.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the same switch in recent years.

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