Carra: Van Dijk has to emulate Man United legend Ferdinand

Date published: Thursday 28th December 2017 9:02

Virgil van Dijk has to live up to his price tag in the same way Rio Ferdinand did at Manchester United, according to Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool announced the signing of Van Dijk for £75million on Wednesday evening, with the deal going through on January 1.

The fee involved – a world record for a defender – has met criticism from many quarters.

But Carragher has compared it to the £30m United parted with to sign Ferdinand in 2002, saying that Van Dijk must deliver a similar impact.

“There is a dearth of real top-class centre-backs throughout world football, hence why so many clubs wanted him and why the transfer fee is so high,” he told Sky Sports.

“People will look at that transfer fee, it’s normally strikers going for that type of figure.

“But as with any transfer fee, if he performs well and does that job he’s been brought in for it will be worth it.

“One player I remember as a centre-back where the transfer fee felt so huge at the time was probably 15 years ago when Rio Ferdinand went to Manchester United for just over £30 million.

“But he repaid that: he was Manchester United’s top centre-back, won trophies and was there for 10 years.

“That’s what Van Dijk has to do. Take Liverpool to trophies and be Liverpool’s main, No. 1 centre-back for a decade or so.”

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