But, the 30-year-old has lived up to the aforementioned price tag. Van Dijk was awarded the PFA Player of the Year for 2018-19.
The defender was also the runner-up for the 2019 Ballon d'Or.
Therefore, we can see why Bent believes that the centre-back has performed to a "world-class" level during his time at Anfield.
"How many world-class players are there in the Premier League? Van Dijk is a world-class defender, he is the best in the world."
Anfield Watch Verdict
As far as we are concerned, Van Dijk will go down as one of the club's greatest ever players.
The impact the Dutchman has had since arriving at Anfield has been unbelievable. It will be a sad day when Van Dijk does eventually leave Liverpool.
We are not guaranteed to see a player of Van Dijk's quality ever again. World-class centre-backs don't grow on trees.
But, Van Dijk's contract does not expire until the summer of 2025. Therefore, the Anfield faithful will be able to sit back and watch the defender represent Liverpool for at least three more years.
In regards to the short-term, hopefully Van Dijk can stay fit for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign and fire Liverpool towards Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup glory.