Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
As earlier reported, the clubs had agreed on a £75 million transfer fee following recent negotiations ahead of the opening of the January transfer window on Monday.
It has now emerged that personal terms between the player and his new club have been finalised and the transfer will go through on January 1.
The deal, which will see van Dijk become the most expensive defender in world football, should ultimately benefit both clubs.
On the pitch, Liverpool are in blatant need of a top-class centre-half and in Van Dijk they are getting a Premier League proven defender which will aid the imbalance in their team. Going forward they have one of the most potent attacks in Europe with the likes of Coutinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino, whereas defensively they have been leaking goals as a result of avoidable errors.
The Anfield faithful will hope to see Van Dijk steady the ship in that regard, and that is what he is being brought in to do.
Meanwhile, for Southampton, who have won only once in their last eleven games, the money generated from the Van Dijk sale can be reinvested in the upcoming transfer window to ease some of the growing pressure on manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017
BREAKING: Liverpool and Southampton confirm they have agreed a deal for defender Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk will join Liverpool on January 1 and will wear the number four shirt. #SSN pic.twitter.com/BcYO7kbZg8
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 27, 2017
The highly touted transfer has finally gone through after falling apart acrimoniously during the summer in a messy situation which saw Liverpool publicly apologise for illegally approaching the defender before a fee was agreed, forcing Southampton to lodge a formal complaint to the Premier League.
Van Dijk has been open about his preference to play for Liverpool and is excited to work under the management of Jurgen Klopp.