Liverpool remain highly keen on Southampton man Virgil van Dijk but if the Dutchman doesn’t join this summer, it is unlikely that a different centre back will be targeted.
Although it’s undeniable that signing a new centre back this summer should be Liverpool’s top priority, Paul Joyce reports that this may not be the case if things don’t pan out as planned.
It’s looking increasingly unlikely that Liverpool will pull off a deal for Southampton’s Dutch central defender and Joyce claims that if the Reds miss out, “it is unlikely Liverpool will purchase another centre back.”
With Liverpool heading into the Champions League and aiming to bring some silverware home, it doesn’t seem like the best strategy to have Dejan Lovren partnering Jöel Matip given his knack for making huge mistakes at the back.
Despite the revelation from Joyce that Liverpool won’t sign any centre-back other than van Dijk, Jürgen Klopp did make it clear that he wasn’t going to sign anyone purely for the sake of bringing in new players.
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While Liverpool could comfortably find an alternative to Lovren without breaking the bank, Klopp is unwilling to sign anyone but his primary targets and feels as though signing someone else would be unsatisfactory.
Even if the alternative is playing Dejan Lovren at the heart of his defence for another season.
If Liverpool end the summer with Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Naby Keïta, Andy Robertson and van Dijk as their only signings, that would be a dream.
Based on what the current situation looks like, however, van Dijk looks very unlikely to join while signing Keïta would require RB Leipzig to back down from their hardball stance.
Klopp has appeared very calm in public when quizzed about the club’s transfers and he is likely to know far more about the goings on behind the scenes, but it looks as though it’s going to be frustrating for Liverpool this summer.