Jack Hallows is getting excited over the Reds reported coup of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton and he’s here to tell you why.
Before I went to sleep last night there was an absolutely massive presence on Twitter of ‘Van Dijk’s done!’ tweets and I have to admit, I got a little excited. While there were no concrete sources I was in a good mood and while I wasn’t allowing myself to believe the rumours just yet, I was very much hopeful. Imagine my excitement then to wake up this morning to this:
Virgil van Dijk wants to join Liverpool this summer. Full story @TimesSport
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) June 5, 2017
Liverpool set to win race to sign Virgil van Dijk. Player has indicated he wants to join #LFC, not Man City or Chelsea. No fee agreed yet.
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) June 5, 2017
While there is still a fee to be agreed and the move hasn’t yet been finalised, it is thought that the defender will cost in the region of £60m, destroying Liverpool’s previous transfer record of £35m for Andy Carroll.
Klopp > Guardiola & Conte
The standout factor in this transfer is that if the Reds do indeed secure the services of Van Dijk, they’ve done so ahead of both Manchester City and Chelsea.
Perhaps more importantly however, Van Dijk has put his faith in Klopp ahead of two absolutely world class managers in Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte. This is testament to the pulling power, status, enthusiasm and vision of the German and should serve as a huge reminder of just how important this man is for Liverpool Football Club.
Don’t be fooled by what you may read in the press if Van Dijk does make the move to Merseyside: Chelsea and Man City want the Dutchman. Badly.
Perhaps, however, Klopp simply wanted him more and pitched his vision for the player much better to the 25-year-old than the others. It is a huge statement for the club that Van Dijk evidently regards the Reds as being just as able to challenge for the Premier League title as Chelsea and Manchester City.
Proof we can compete in the market’s top bracket
Of course, money is undoubtedly a huge factor in the transfer as well but FSG have proven that they’re going to back Klopp this summer with whatever resources he needs. This is indicative of just how much faith the club has in our manager and the steps that have already been taken since he replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015.
Alongside a potential £60m deal for Van Dijk, the Reds are looking to finalise a deal for Roma’s Mohamed Salah that is likely to cost £35-40m while the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Naby Keita have also been linked to the club during this window. The best part? None of these names seem too far fetched for Liverpool Football Club anymore.
Big names want to come to Liverpool. The club proved they can compete on the pitch last season by finishing in the top four and now, they are proving that they can also compete in the market, no matter what bracket of player they aim to shop in.
The likes of Van Dijk and Salah not only improve our squad themselves but securing their signatures causes other players to sit up and take notice. If players of their quality are happy to turn down other clubs to become part of Klopp’s Anfield vision, then other upper echelon players considering a move to Merseyside will now have confirmation that the club are deadly serious about returning to a place among European football’s elite.
The best part? Van Dijk is just the beginning.