How have Liverpool fared since Virgil van Dijk's arrival?

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5,...

The Reds broke the bank to land their well documented number one target, but has the Dutchman had the impact Liverpool fans were hoping for?

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield...

News of Liverpool's capture of Virgin van Dijk from Southampton was music to all Reds fans' ears, as the club finally managed to capture their long term centre-back target. 

The club's defensive woes have been a well known problem for some time, especially with neither Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet proving to be the dominant goalkeeping presence between the sticks that Liverpool have been searching for since the days of Pepe Reina. 

Van Dijk's capture was met with much optimism, and rightly so, but many pundits were quick to point out that a single signing can only make so much of an impact. 

Loris Karius of Liverpool and teammate Andy Robertson of Liverpool confront referee Jonathan Moss during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on...

A defence is made up of a goalkeeper plus a back four or five, and Van Dijk is simply one component of a larger machine which has continued to struggle despite the presence of the Dutchman.

It is still early days in Van Dijk's career at Anfield, and he remains one of the league's most dominant figures at the back. A huge physical presence, the former Celtic star is terrific on the ball, can take set pieces and also has an eye for goal. 

In short, he is the ultimate centre-back package. 

Despite this, however, Liverpool's recent results prove their defensive woes require much more attention than the addition of one centre-back. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela (L) goes down from a tackle by Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (R), leading to the second penalty and goal by Tottenham...

Van Dijk has made four appearances for the Reds since joining on January 1, starting off his career in fairytale fashion by netting the winner in the Merseyside Derby, helping his team to progress in the FA Cup. 

The game against Everton remains his only win so far in a Reds shirt, however, with his record currently standing at one win, one draw and two defeats. 

In total, Liverpool have conceded seven goals across the games Van Dijk has played, and have actually won the three games which he has missed since his arrival - victories against Burnley, Manchester City and Huddersfield Town. 

As stressed previously, the centre-half is only four games into his Liverpool career and has many years ahead of him, yet it is clear that Klopp must bring in further faces if he to shore up the defence at Anfield once and for all.  

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