Liverpool have been out of the ‘running’ as far as signing Virgil Van Dijk is concerned for a few weeks now, but the Dutchman has come out to completely trash transfer rumours.
Having conceded 20 goals already this season, Liverpool are in need of a reinvigorated defence and many seem to believe that the way to do this is to sign a new central defender. Virgil Van Dijk is a player tipped to be that player but his price tag quickly led people to believe that he would be unattainable.
In today’s world where modern footballers regularly cost in excess of £50 million, Liverpool struggle to keep up and it’s for this reason that many of the best centre-halves have and never will sign for Liverpool – that, and the fact that Liverpool have never really been a club to sign the elite players in the world, instead opting to nurture and develop promising talents.
Very often, just because a player seems too talented for the club he’s playing at, rumours spread that said he is looking for a way to grow but very few people realise that these stories can be false and baseless.
Virgil Van Dijk is exposing these reports for being exactly that: untrue.
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According to the Liverpool Echo, the Dutchman said, “Southampton is a very good club for me, it is an amazing place to be and I am happy to be part of the success.
“Every player in the world has ambitions; I have ambitions like everyone else. I want to get the maximum out of myself as a player. I can improve in every aspect and that takes time. That takes games. That takes playing at the highest level and with the national team.
“The figures you mention about me? I cannot do anything about that. That is football these days. But I don’t feel the pressure – no chance.”
It’s actually quite refreshing to hear a footballer talk about the absurdity of transfer fees and Van Dijk’s cool presence is exactly why he is a highly sought-after defender. It’s too bad, though.
At the risk of over-using this gif, this is how Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea probably feel right now.