The January transfer window is fast approaching, just a few days left to go and already some big signings are making headlines. #Liverpool just smashed player sales records by having #Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk sign on the dotted line with a record-breaking deal worth over 75 million pounds. The deal, however, between the two #English Premier League sides will come to effect on January 1 when the transfer window officially opens.

Virgil van Dijk's excitement over joining one of the world's best football teams was evident as the Reds confirmed the signature of the Saints defender.

The Southampton defender completed his medical on Wednesday after the Saints also confirmed the agreement between the two sides, with the deal set to obviously go through this coming Monday.

The world's most expensive defender

This transfer deal between the sides is not only significant for the Reds but it will also make the player, the world's most expensive player with respect to the purchase fee, also the world's most expensive defender in respect to weekly earnings - the Dutchman is set to be worth around one hundred and eighty thousand pounds on a weekly basis this after he opted to head to Anfield to join the Reds ahead of #Manchester City who was also in pursuit of his signature.

Virgil van Dijk expressed his delight over joining the Reds and is honoured to be a part of the team.

It is a proud day for him and his family. He expressed his eagerness to adorn the famous red Liverpool shirt for the very first time in front of manager Klopp and give everything he has to try help the team achieve something special in years to come.

van Dijk seized an opportunity to express his gratitude to all those who developed and supported him at Southampton.

He further expressed how he'll forever remain indebted to the club for the opportunities given to him to play in the Premier League and that despite having a difficult last few months at Saints, he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the club.

The Reds are alleged to have made known their interest in the player last summer to which the Saints said they had no problems or issues dealing with Liverpool despite having reported the matter to the #EPL stating the Reds have 'tapped' their player then.

It could have gone the Citizen's way

Things could have gone the other way, the deal could have gone in favour of Man City instead of the Saints had it not been the persuasive prowess of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who said he sees the Dutch-born defender as his main man to add more stability to his team's defence.