Van Dijk: Maguire must handle the pressure.

  • England defender joined United on Monday.

  • Liverpool star warns Maguire of world-record price pressure.

Virgil van Dijk has told Harry Maguire that he must be ready to handle the pressure that comes with being the world's most expensive defender.

The Red Devils secured the services of the England international from Leicester City for a reported fee of £80m on Monday, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Van Dijk in 2018.

And, the Dutchman, who was a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s side that won the Champions League last season, told Maguire to focus on what he loves to do on the pitch.

"The price comes with pressure but it doesn't change too much because you always have pressure at big clubs like Man United,” he said as the Metro quoted.

"It's not easy to completely shut off all the pressure. Quite a lot of things are more important than playing football. You need to enjoy it but the pressure will always be there.

"Just focus on doing what you love to do and play your best game. Get your qualities out on the pitch, enjoy your game and don't think about the other things.

"If opponents have a go during the game because you cost that much, what can you do? I'm not listening to them. It does not change anything in my head."

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