Liverpool has been reportedly chasing the signature of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk all season but a new report could mean the Dutchman is well on his way to Anfield.
On Wednesday, a story from Read Liverpool claimed that Van Dijk has agreed to join the Reds this summer, according to two sources close to the defender.
The significant report, though, is in addition to that above, the site understands the former Celtic defender has been in talks with Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp about the club’s plans for the future.
The significance in that is found in the fact that Klopp is no stranger to using his managerial pedigree and charisma to attract a player to his club. Rewind to last summer when the Reds completed a deal worth £25 million to sign Georginio Wijnaldum.
The former Newcastle United midfielder revealed in one of his first interviews that he turned down possible moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Everton after personally meeting and conversing with Reds boss Klopp.
“In that conversation he made me feel really good,” Wijnaldum told The Liverpool Echo.
“He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football. He said I was a person he really wanted to have in his squad.
“Something like that is always good to hear. It made me happy, especially as it came from such a great trainer like Jürgen Klopp.”
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that Klopp has taken the initial step of holding personal talks with Van Dijk, as Wijnaldum’s acquisition proves that the German has good recruiting skills and that the Saints defender has reportedly agreed to move to Liverpool in the summer shouldn’t be regarded as nonsense.
Add to that the former Borussia Dortmund boss’ confirmation of his side’s talks with their summer transfer targets earlier this year and the signs just point to a move to Anfield for Van Dijk.
However, that all-important place in the UEFA Champions League will first need to be confirmed for Liverpool in order for those signs to lead to reality.