Liverpool have been informed by Southampton that Virgil Van Dijk will not be joining the Merseyside club this summer and will be remaining on the South Coast.
You watched last night, did you?
I think we were all filled with the same feeling of dread when Lucas Leiva was named as a centre-half alongside Jöel Matip. Against the slowest of strikers, the Brazilian is at risk of being outpaced but up against Jamie Vardy, there was no chance for him.
According to Squawka’s Twitter account, Lucas Leiva failed to win a single aerial duel at the King Power yesterday evening, highlighting his dwindling efficiency as a defensive force in the Premier League.
It is very clear that Liverpool are in dire need of new players right across the park. Centre-half is a spot that needs immediate attention and Virgil Van Dijk is a player who has been linked with the club for quite some time.
Whether there is genuine interest in Van Dijk from Liverpool is unconfirmed but Southampton are adamant that they will not be letting another of their gems go. Not least to Liverpool.
S’oton’s chairman Ralph Kruger told TalkSPORT, “We are just out of the January transfer window and are striving to keep this group together and to build on it.
“Virgil is very committed us for a long time and we don’t see anything but that in our future. He is our team captain and we don’t see him anywhere else than in red and white stripes.
“We don’t want to do what we did in the last three summers every year. We would like to move away from that and we feel confident this summer will be a lot quieter and we can keep the core of this team moving forward for a few years.”
Regardless of whether or not Liverpool ramp up their interest* in Van Dijk in the coming months, there is no denying that a new central defender is of the utmost importance. Playing Lucas Leiva at centre-half cannot happen and Klopp is aware of this but he clearly doesn’t trust Ragnar Klavan which means until Dejan Lovren returns from injury we may have to watch Lucas in defence again.