Worth his weight in gold? Nine metre statue appears in Liverpool

Some would say Virgil van Dijk’s signing means that much to the Reds…

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Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City this afternoon, a nine-metre gold statue has appeared near Anfield, inspired by the £75m signing of Virgil van Dijk.

That deal, incredibly, made the Dutchman the most expensive defender in the history of the game.

It is just the latest mega-money football transfer, following Neymar’s £198m switch to PSG last summer, when even the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain commanded a £40m price-tag.

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With debate over whether these players are worth their weight in gold, we erected the statue as a to-scale representation of what £75m in gold looks like, ahead of a possible first league match for van Dijk’s Liverpool.

Kop fans will be hoping their new man solves their backline issues – and doesn’t defend like a statue.

Asked about the statue spokesman Paddy Power said: “Transfer fees have gone absolutely crazy this season. I’m starting to think even I’d be worth at least £50million.

“We’re sure Liverpool fans will be pleased with their new golden boy, and I’m sure they’ll rate van Dijk, too.”

VIRGIL VAN DIJK SPECIALS

11/10     To leave Liverpool before the start of the 19/20 season
4/1         To leave Liverpool for Manchester City
6/1         To be appointed full-time Liverpool captain next season
50/1       To be sold for less than half of his £75million transfer fee within a year of his contract
200/1     To win the Balon d’Or in 2019

MATCH ODDS

21/10     Liverpool
13/5       Draw
5/4         Man City

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* All odds correct at time of posting.