Top 5 signings of the January transfer window
Crazy. That's the only one word that can accurately describe the recently concluded January transfer window. When three of the biggest clubs in the world - Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal break their transfer records in a month, you get an idea of how much work happened in the month gone by.
Most of the players who wanted a move got their way (sorry Riyad Mahrez) as the clubs made the most of a month's time to get their weaknesses sorted out. Now that the transfer market is closed, it's time to analyze the big name signings that happened in the month of January. Here are the top five signings that made headlines and changed complexions around Europe:
#5 Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool)
Liverpool managed to secure Jurgen Klopp's top transfer target on New Year's Eve and they announced the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk. The former Southampton finally got his dream move after a series of transfer requests, hidden courtship, a public apology and £75 million. Though his price (the most expensive defender of all time) was discussed at lengths, for Liverpool, it was all about the abilities that Van Dijk will bring to the table.
He instantly makes Liverpool's defence plug a huge hole in their backline, gives them a leader that they were craving since the times of Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher, a central defender that can play out from the back and be a threat during set pieces.
Van Dijk had a dream debut for the Reds where he scored the winner against Everton in the FA Cup but the joy was short-lived as two back to back defeats against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City have somewhat dampened the mood around the club. Nonetheless, Van Dijk was a blockbuster signing by Liverpool who made their team better with his arrival.