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Arsenal legend surprised by Liverpool’s major signing

Paul Merson has admitted that he was surprised by the fact that Liverpool paid £75 million in order to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton.

Merson said: “I must say, £75m is a lot of money for Virgil van Dijk, but they’ll be getting a lot of money for Philippe Coutinho if he goes too.

“I do like Van Dijk, and they need someone like him. I guess that’s how much centre-halves are now, it just shows you how many kids want to play centre-forward these days. As Mourinho said, full-backs are mega-expensive now too.”

The Reds have been lethal in attack this season with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho all in good form.

Their defending however has been shaky at times and has cost them dearly so far in the Premier League as well as in the Champions League as they have conceded soft goals.

Van Dijk is regarded as one of the best defenders in the English top flight and JurgenKlopp will be hoping that the Netherlands international can help his side to turnaround their fortunes during the second half of the campaign.