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Virgil van Dijk has to win trophies for Liverpool, says Jamie Carragher
Last Updated: 27/12/17 11:59pm
Virgil van Dijk has to win trophies for Liverpool and be the club’s No 1 centre-back for the next decade, according to former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.
Van Dijk will complete a move to Liverpool on January 1 after the club agreed a £75m deal to sign the Netherlands international from Southampton.
The agreed fee for Van Dijk would represent a world-record sum for a defender, topping Manchester City's deal to sign Kyle Walker in July.
Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player! 🔴🔴🔴 Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football! I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come ⚽️ I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton. I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Thank you for all the messages of support 💪🏾 I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started 🔴 #YNWA
Carragher believes Van Dijk must bring silverware to Anfield and says the 26-year-old must emulate former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who previously held the title of the world's most expensive defender.
"I think there is a dearth of top-class centre-backs throughout world football hence why so many clubs wanted him and the transfer fee is so high," said Carragher.
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"People will look at the transfer that normally strikers go for but as with any transfer fee if he performs well and does his job it will be worth it.
"The one centre-back when the transfer fee felt so huge at the time was 15 years ago when Rio Ferdinand went to Manchester United.
"But he repaid that. He was Manchester United's top centre-back, won trophies and was there for 10 years.
"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."
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