Van Dijk justifying record-breaking £75m price tag at Liverpool despite not being 100 per cent

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The Reds have been offered an immediate return on their January investment, but the Dutchman claims there is even more to come from him

Virgil van Dijk may have helped to shore up Liverpool’s leaky defence, but the £75 million signing claims he is yet to hit 100 per cent.

The world’s most expensive defender has slotted seamlessly into the Reds fold following his January switch from Southampton.

He has helped to secure six clean sheets in his last nine appearances, with Liverpool benefiting from his presence to cement a top-four standing in the Premier League and make their way into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Van Dijk is happy with the impact he has made on Merseyside, but has also vowed that there is more to come.

The 26-year-old said: “Do I feel settled in now? Yeah, definitely.

“Quicker than I might have thought? I don't know.

“Obviously you come here with expectations and you want to play as soon as possible and as much as possible this season and be as fit as possible and quick as possible.

“Now, I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of the players is getting much better. I'm just playing my game and trying to help my team.”

Van Dijk added: “What per cent am I now? That's difficult. But I'm completely over the ankle problems, definitely. That was already the case when I started playing again at Southampton.

“It's more than that, it's also just condition-wise and the way Liverpool play you need to be spot on. That's pretty clear right now.”

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup

Van Dijk’s immediate focus has been shifted from club commitments to international outings, with the Netherlands readying themselves for a friendly clash with England.

There is, however, just one more domestic fixture to take in before an eagerly-anticipated Champions League encounter will bring Manchester City to Anfield.

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On a quarter-final clash with the Premier League leaders, Van Dijk added: “Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard.

“Man City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100% or even better to beat them over two games.

“We can prepare for that when the time comes.”

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