According to Micky Quinn, Liverpool is interested in signing Virgil Van Dijk in the January transfer window.
What is it about Liverpool and Southampton players? In Jurgen Klopp’s preferred starting lineup, there are four ex-Saints players alone. While the likes of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have come good and Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane are absolute stars, it’s a bit backward to buy continuously buy from a club that is expected to finish below you in the league.
That being said, Virgil Van Dijk is one of the best centre-backs in the league. There are very few defenders in Europe, not just England, that can boast his power, aggression, skill in defence and composure on the ball. Not to mention, he’s a fantastic header of the ball.
With a fair amount of people questioning Dejan Lovren once again after the Croatian made a calamitous error against Crystal Palace, a move for Van Dijk would make a lot of sense. It would make even more sense when you take the rumours about Mamadou Sakho leaving in the winter transfer window into consideration.
With Lovren a good defender at best and Sakho nearing the exit door, it would be wise to bring in another recognised centre-half with Ragnar Klavan the only other experienced central defender in the squad.
“I believe they’re interested in Van Dijk, when the transfer window opens up,” Quinn revealed. “They love a Southampton player, they’ll probably go back again.”
There are many reasons to be excited about the Dutchman moving to Liverpool and only one that occurs to me that is negative: he will cost an arm and a leg.
We all know very well that Southampton looks to run Liverpool dry and then hide their money away so they can run their academy until the Reds come knocking again. If Liverpool do make an approach for Van Dijk, I imagine that Southampton’s negotiators won’t be asking for less than £25 million and they will hold firm to their asking price as they have done in years gone by.
All in all, this could be a transfer that could be very profitable for Liverpool as Van Dijk’s arrival could help shore up Liverpool’s defence and assist in the Reds’ title challenge.