Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted his £75million price tag was never an issue after the world-record fee for a defender was broken earlier this month.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk made the move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, the huge transfer fee initially raising eyebrows.

Van Dijk, whose side face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, played down the significance of the fees.

“It wasn’t a big issue for me. It’s something you don’t have an influence on,” he told a news conference.

“It happens, it’s the market and the only thing you can do is put your head down and start playing, give everything for the team.

“That’s what I did and it worked so far, I’ll just try to keep doing that, keep progressing and be a better player.”