Puel backs Van Dijk to become world's best defender at Liverpool

Puel backs Van Dijk to become world's best defender at Liverpool”

Asked what the 26-year-old will add to Liverpool, Klopp told Sky Sports: "Quality".

Opinion is divided over whether the Liverpool manager was right to pay such a huge sum for a player that Premier League leaders Manchester City wanted before they balked at the asking price.

Puel had Van Dijk as his captain at Southampton last season as the south coast club fought to keep the centre back at the club.

Liverpool announced on Wednesday they had secured the services of the 26-year-old Netherlands global, who they failed to land during the close season, and his January arrival at Anfield will make him the most expensive defender in football history.

The Liverpool boss suggested United's decision to hand over what was then a world record fee for Pogba was a major gamble, as he hinted he would be uncomfortable paying out so much to sign one player. "It is fantastic for Liverpool", he said.

"But maybe for us it can mean a couple of good players". At the beginning of the season it is hard for him because he wants to join another club, but now he will find his level.

"At the time the chief scout said he wasn't quick enough, he was playing in the Scottish League and he didn't see him stepping up to the level we were looking for". "I am surprised about the development in the last two years".

"In those first six months he made progress and he has all the qualities. He is a strong character and personality".

Puel, whose side will be bidding to end a four-game run without a win at Anfield, praised Liverpool as "a great team with good defenders, midfield and attacking players". We have to look after our play and try to play our game against them. "We like the big occasion".

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