1 Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the “perfect match” for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.The 26-year-old’s switch from the Saints was agreed last week, but with the January transfer window now open his deal, understood to be worth £75million – the highest fee ever paid for a defender, is now sealed.The Dutchman told Liverpool’s official website: “With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well.”Van Dijk, who has signed what Liverpool have said is a “long-term contract” at Anfield, is not concerned about his price tag weighing heavy.The transfer fee eclipses the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham last summer.“Obviously there is a lot of money being paid, but I can’t do anything about that money, I can’t do anything about the price – nobody can,” the Holland international added.“It’s only the market. The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100 per cent every day. That’s what I definitely want to do – and I am going to do.“I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started. I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special.“I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game. I am looking forward to doing that, that’s the main thing.”In order to reach that ambition of improving, Van Dijk believes he is working under the right man in Jurgen Klopp.The former Groningen and Celtic defender, who will wear the number four shirt at Liverpool, said: “Since he’s come in, I think he has made a lot of progress until now and I think it is only hopefully going to get better and better. Hopefully I can contribute to that as well and keep working hard.“Everybody obviously from a Liverpool perspective knows how he is; how lively he is, how he can make players better and give them confidence as well.“It just suits me as well. I think he can make me a better player and I am just looking forward to working with him.”Van Dijk is unavailable for Liverpool’s New Year’s Day game at Burnley as his registration will not be concluded in time. Virgil van Dijk was in the stands as Liverpool defeated Leicester
Indians have an average resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute which is higher than the desired rate of 72, Indian Heart Study (IHS) has found. The IHS also highlighted that unlike people of other countries, Indians have higher blood pressure in the evenings than in mornings. The study was conducted on 18,918 participants, both men and women, across 355 cities in 15 states over a period of nine months from April 2018. It was carried out by 19 doctors to rethink about the timing of prescribing anti-hypertension drug dosage. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”The study has provided us with insights on the prevalence of white-coat hypertension, masked hypertension, and resting heart rates pertinent to Indian population,” said Prof Dr Soumitra Kumar, co-ordinator for IHS. Masked-hypertension is a phenomenon when an individuals blood pressure reading is normal at the doctors clinic but high at home, while white-coat hypertension is a condition in which people exhibit a blood pressure level above the normal range in a clinical setting only. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe IHS findings highlight a high prevalence of masked hypertension and white-coat hypertension in Indians at 42 per cent on first visit to a doctors clinic. In West Bengal, 22.50 per cent of the respondents were white-coat hypertensive, while 17.30 per cent were found to have masked hypertension. White-coat hypertensives, who are misdiagnosed and put on anti-hypertension drugs have to take unnecessary medication while a masked hypertensive may go undiagnosed running the risk of complications of the heart, the kidneys, and the brain, leading to premature mortality, the study said. “There is a close link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, which are on the rise in our country. We need to take right measures to cut down on the risks by monitoring our blood pressure,” Dr Kumar said. Dr Lalit Kumar Agarwal, nephrologist at a private hospital here said, kidneys are at a high risk of damage in people with high blood pressure or hypertension. The study was conducted on “drug-naive” set of participants – people not on any anti-hypertension drug – using a comprehensive process of taking blood pressure readings.