Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool for £75million in January from Southampton, atmosphere a global file charge for a defender.
But the Dutchman has already paid dividends and has long gone some strategy to resolving the Reds’ long-standing issues on the again.
By distinction, Arsenal – who had been additionally related with Van Dijk in the summertime – glance shaky in defence and will have achieved with a identical high-profile signing.
However, Thierry Henry has claimed the Gunners won’t ever signal a participant of his calibre as a result of Arsene Wenger hates splashing the money on defenders.
When discussing Arsenal’s defensive frailties on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Henry mentioned: “Maybe he [Wenger] doesn’t see it as an issue when we will be able to all see it’s.
“In the historical past of Arsenal, Kolo Toure used to be nearly not anything, Sol Campbell used to be not anything.
“I do know we’re speaking about different occasions, now the fee is going past what it must be.
“That’s the tale with Arsene, it sort of feels like he doesn’t wish to pay large, he thinks the avid gamers don’t seem to be value the fee at the desk.
“But it’s a brand new generation, you want £60-£70m to get a just right participant – I feel he reveals that in reality tricky.
“He does it simply for strikers or ingenious avid gamers.
“We’re speculating however it’s a unusual one. In some video games they display us they may be able to opt for it, however there’s no consistency.”
And Henry’s counterpart on MNF, Jamie Carragher, used to be similarly annoyed by way of Wenger’s reluctance to shop for defenders in January.
“I look at Wenger saying he couldn’t afford Jonny Evans… but he could afford £50m strikers,” Carragher mentioned.
“It’s no longer about affording, he simply doesn’t see it as an issue. I don’t assume he’s ever spent large on defenders.
“Why didn’t they opt for Virgil van Dijk? Liverpool have the similar issues however no less than Jurgen Klopp is attempting to mend it with Van Dijk.
“So why is he [Wenger] no longer going for the ones avid gamers?”