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Jurgen Klopp insists Virgil van Dijk was not a one-off as he promises more stellar signings at Liverpool

Liverpool broke their club record transfer fee when they paid Southampton £75m for Dutch centre-back Van Dijk in the last window

Timothy Abraham
Saturday 10 March 2018 10:20 GMT
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The Dutch defender could be joined by more big signings this summer
The Dutch defender could be joined by more big signings this summer (Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims the signing of Virgil van Dijk was not a one-off and the club are prepared to pay big transfer fees again in the future.

The Reds broke their club record transfer fee when they paid Southampton £75m for Dutch centre-back Van Dijk in the last window.

Van Dijk has been an instant success with assured and authoritative displays in what had previously been a troublesome position for Klopp.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have largely been financially prudent in their approach to transfers.

However, Klopp indicated should the right personnel be identified then Liverpool will not hesitate to splash the cash in the future.

“If the player is the right player this club will pay big money,” he said.

“When the player is the right player it is not important how expensive he was. He needs to fit in the team, that’s why we paid the price (for Van Dijk).

“You can’t say you want a player, they give you a number and you say, ‘Right we will pay that’. That’s not how it should work.

“Probably a few teams have players and other clubs want to buy them so think it can happen like that but we all need to stay kind of serious.

“Even if some of us will not be serious in other countries to solve their problems with the next big signing, then the next big signing!”

Klopp believes the recruitment process needs to be a gradual one to ensure players become properly integrated.

“It still needs to be the mix of bringing in the new player and letting the group grow. That’s how it is,” he added.

“If you always change four or five positions it’s wrong. You don’t make the team better. You can make it better in the long term but in the long term nobody is waiting for it.

“It’s all about timing, doing the right thing at the right moment. If it’s not the right player, it’s not the value of the player.”

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