Liverpool are still in the race to sign Virgil Van Dijk, despite reports that indicate that the Southampton man has agreed to join Manchester City.
According to Ian Doyle of The Liverpool Echo, Virgil Van Dijk has not agreed not agreed to join Pep Guardiola’s side and any reports indicating he has are premature.
Rather, the former Celtic man is still at the heart of “a three-way battle for his services.” Doyle reports that Liverpool are encouraged by the response from the Dutchamn have received from Van Dijk’s representatives and the belief in the Liverpool camp is that signing the Dutchman would instantly improve the Reds.
Last night’s report from The Mirror claimed that Manchester City had offered Southampton and Van Dijk a joint £100 million package – the most attractive offer yet in the race to sign him. Southampton would receive £60 million in exchange for Van Dijk’s services while the player would earn £180,000 a week.
Yet, Doyle reports for The Liverpool Echo that the club believes that Van Dijk’s decision will not rest solely on money, with the player impressed by Jürgen Klopp’s vision for the future of the club. With the Reds likely to play in the Champions League next season, Liverpool are a very exciting prospect at the moment.
Add to that, that Mohamed Salah is set to join the club soon, with reports indicating the Egyptian has agreed personal terms with Liverpool. Klopp is looking to add two or three high-quality players to his first-team with Van Dijk, Salah and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita topping his transfer list.
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League last season with 76 points, despite serious injury issues and with good investment this summer, the common consensus is that next season can see Klopp’s side climb the table.
Signing Virgil Van Dijk wouldn’t just change the way Liverpool defend but it would also have an impact on the way the Reds attack.
Liverpool were exposed last season with a defence incapable of dealing with counter-attacking sides with the likes of Jamie Vardy and, ironically, Southampton’s Shane Long using their pace to exploit Dejan Lovren and Lucas Leiva when Klopp had to rotate the side.
With Van Dijk at the back alongside Jöel Matip, it would allow Liverpool’s attackers the chance to focus on breaking down opponents without being overly worried about conceding when being dispossessed with a competent back four behind them.
Signing, Van Dijk, for as much as £50 million would certainly be good business for Liverpool.