Liverpool’s attempted Virgil van Dijk move could still most definitely go ahead this summer believes former Reds captain Jamie Redknapp.
With Virgil van Dijk locked away in Austria somewhere on his pre-season tour with Southampton, the chances of Liverpool signing the Dutchman continue to look increasingly bleak.
That hasn’t stopped bookies from continuing to make the Reds clear favourites for his signature however, and numerous pundits are still of the opinion that it would be surprising if he were not to make the move to Merseyside by the end of the summer.
Former Reds captain Jamie Redknapp is one of those pundits and he believes the “colossal” defender will be a Liverpool player come the time the window shuts on September 1st.
“Going forward Liverpool have lots of different options,” he told Sky Sports.
“I still worry about them defensively though and now they’ve got the Champions League to contend with. I’m not sure the Virgil van Dijk story is finished. I still think there’s a little bit left to go with that one.
“Liverpool have obviously pulled back at the moment but I still see Van Dijk moving. He wants to play for Jürgen Klopp and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Liverpool signing him.”
Redknapp believes that if the Reds do manage to secure the Dutchman’s signature, even for £70m, he could be one of the summer’s best and most necessary signings.
“That could be one of the signings of the summer because he would make such a difference. He’s colossal. He’s fantastic defensively, good going forward, he scores goals and I think he’s exactly what Liverpool need.
“If they can find a way of getting him in a red shirt next season that would be a great signing for them.”
Personally, as great as all this talk of us still being in for the defender is, I don’t want to hear another word of it until we’ve got concrete information that tells us he’s on his way to do a Melwood lean.