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“I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt” – Virgil van Dijk relishing £75m Liverpool move

Ahead of his £75 million move to Liverpool from Southampton, Virgil van Dijk has expressed his joy at joining “one of the biggest clubs in world football.”

Van Dijk has become the Reds’ club-record signing after agreeing a switch from Southampton, which will go ahead on January 1.

The 26-year-old will wear the No. 4 shirt, previously worn by Sami Hyypia, and will sign a £180,000-a-week deal that will tie him to Liverpool until 2022.

This comes after six months of frustration after a failed attempt to join the Reds in the summer.

And taking to Twitter to release a statement on the announcement of the deal, Van Dijk could not hide his excitement at securing his dream move.

“Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!” he wrote.

“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 [I] 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 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.”

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