The January transfer window is set to open with a blockbuster, as Liverpool have gone on to break the world record fee for a defender, after signing Virgil van Dijk for a mammoth £75 million.
The Holland international has joined the Reds from fellow Premier League club Southampton after agreeing to a whopping salary of £180,000-a-week. He has signed a deal until 2023 to become Liverpool’s all-time record transfer.
Manager Jurgen Klopp sanctioned the move quite interestingly, especially after the comments he had made on transfer sums last season.
Former Juventus player Paul Pogba had re-signed for Manchester United for a record £89.3m fee in the summer of 2016, and Klopp had commented on it by stating that other clubs can spend more money and collect top players.
“You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful. Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players,” Klopp had said last year.
He then claimed that he would quit football if the market stays like this, by adding: “The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.”
And now, the same person has gone on to spend a mammoth amount to sign a defender which, in turn, has got the United fans lashing out at the German for his hypocrisy.
It will be interesting to see what Klopp has to say now, after making quite a fascinating u-turn regarding his thoughts on transfer sums.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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