Living legend Steven Gerrard believes that Liverpool should be trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton – although he does think it would take some doing.
Liverpool were absolutely shocking yesterday. It’s actually an indictment on how poorly the lads played that Jürgen Klopp didn’t rant and rage in his press conference. He didn’t even swear once. His disappointment was so overwhelming that you can’t help but feel that his antics are reserved for more commonplace occasions.
Yesterday’s capitulation against Swansea City was no ordinary incident. 31-year-old Fernando Llorente scored twice in four minutes to show the world once again how poor Liverpool’s defence actually is.
A natural response to Liverpool’s abysmal display was for fans and pundits alike to call for Jürgen Klopp to sign a new centre-back to compensate for the mediocrity displayed by Ragnar Klavan in recent weeks.
Admittedly it’s not just him, but he’s been very poor.
One person who doubles up as a fan and pundit is Steven Gerrard and he believes that Virgil Van Dijk is the answer to the many questions that Klopp has in defence at the moment.
“Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for van Dijk from Southampton,” Gerrard said on BT Sport.
“But we’ve had enough of their players so that will probably go down like a lead balloon.”
Gerrard has just returned to Liverpool as an academy coach but is not unfamiliar to playing with players signed from Southampton. In recent years, the club has signed the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert as well as Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane who Gerrard never played with.
Southampton are probably sick of dealing with Liverpool. No surprise really. In the last few years, Liverpool have made nearly £100 million worth of signings just from Southampton.
It does seem as though Van Dijk looks set to remain with Southampton at least as far as the summer transfer window.