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[Pictures] First images of Virgil van Dijk at Anfield ahead of his £75m Liverpool move

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Van Dijk’s signing comes at an opportune moment for the Reds. In fact, the former Southampton player even paid a visit to Anfield recently ahead of the official move set to happen once the window opens. Looking quite dapper in an all-black ensemble, it is understood that the Dutchman was quite pleased with his new club. He was spotted having a look around the stadium and even watched Liverpool’s game against Leicester City as well.

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We all received a late Christmas present from Jurgen Klopp once Liverpool announced the signing of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton. After months of persuasion and uncertainty, we finally managed to land the most sought-after central defender in the Premier League and it could not have happened at a better time. For a good majority of the season so far, Liverpool have been exemplary in terms of the attack but the defence continued to be a massive let-down.

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Even more accurately, the centre-backs have been quite disappointing. Although Joel Matip was decent enough, the likes of Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan have been quite weak. That cost us points but with Van Dijk in the fray, we are capable of doing a lot better. Having a strong defence can prove to be a massive boost in itself and we certainly need that with the second-half of the season ahead of us.

Once van Dijk joins us officially, it will be interesting to see if Klopp immediately thrusts him into action or if he allows him time to settle in. Either way, we might get to see a glimpse of Van Dijk in the FA Cup match against Everton.

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Regardless of when he starts, exciting times beckon. The upcoming few months will prove to be tough with challenges intensifying as the season comes to an end. Manchester City are runaway winners but the battle for the Champions League spots will heat up and having a player like Van Dijk to strengthen the defence could massively boost our chances. With matches against our Merseyside rivals Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur coming up in January, we will need all hands on the deck. The ship does look a lot steady with Van Dijk.