Van Dijk: Price tag is a compliment

English Premier League

The Dutchman became the world's most expensive defender after completing a January 1 move from Southampton to the Reds, where he has already hit the ground running after scoring the winner in the FA Cup clash against bitter rivals Everton.

Van Dijk, though, says his price tag has little bearing on his commitment in training and on match days, telling Sky Sports: "It [his price tag] doesn't make me nervous, it's a big compliment to myself for the hard work I've put in so far, that Liverpool are willing to pay that much money. I can't change anything about that."

When asked why he chose Liverpool, with Manchester City said to have also been interested in his services, Van Dijk said: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is amazing.

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is amazing. I'm just very happy to play for the club."