Mauricio Pochettino says Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk worth his £75m transfer fee

Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring his second and Liverpool's fifth goal

Mauricio Pochettino says Liverpool have been proven right in their decision to spend a record-breaking £75m on Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool broke the world-record fee for a defender when they agreed a deal to sign the Dutchman from Southampton in January last year, with Van Dijk proving to be indispensable at the heart of Jurgen Klopp's side ever since.

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Ahead of Tottenham's visit to Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, Pochettino says Liverpool have shown any doubters that they were correct to spend such a big sum on the centre-half, with the Reds leading the Premier League table going into the final weeks of the season.

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino
Image: Mauricio Pochettino says Liverpool were right to spend £75m on Virgil van Dijk

"When a team like Liverpool need to improve their team in a certain area, people said it was crazy to pay £70m for a centre-back," Pochettino said.

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"But Liverpool were right. They picked Van Dijk, because at that moment they believed he was the best centre-back in England who could make them better, and they were right.

Virgil Van Dijk was outstanding against Bayern Munich
Image: Virgil van Dijk was outstanding against Bayern Munich in the Champions League

"Some people said: 'Why would you pay £70m for a centre-back?' But the people who believed other things have now been shown that Liverpool were right.

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"If you are going to sign the player who is going to improve your team, then it is not a lot of money. Because when you consider what it means to win a Champions League or a Premier League, it is cheaper to spend this type of money."

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