*Van Dijk Worth £75m💰, says Guardiola👔*
Pep Guardiola says Virgil van Dijk is worth every penny of the £75 million Liverpool paid for the Netherlands international last January – despite Manchester City refusing to match Southampton’s valuation.
Jurgen Klopp worked to cure the Reds’ defensive issues by signing the imposing Van Dijk for a world record fee for a centre-back.
The ex-Celtic star was heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium but eventually moved to Merseyside 12 months ago, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final in his opening six months at the club.
But Guardiola said ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Thursday: “He’s an exceptional player.
“When a player costs whatever it costs and it works, it is well worth it.
“When you pay less and it doesn’t work, it is so expensive.
“If he can play every three days with no injuries and play consistently, it is well worth it.”