A new documentary has revealed that Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Virgil van Dijk prior to his January move to Liverpool.
Despite assertions that they were never in for the former Southampton captain by numerous Manchester City fans, it has been revealed that the now Liverpool no.4 was indeed a target for the sky blues in the January window.
Paul Hirst of the Times has revealed that in the new Amazon documentary ‘All or Nothing,’ the Dutchman is discussed as a possibility after Pep Guardiola approaches “Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the club’s chairman, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football, and the chief executive, Ferran Soriano, to sign a central defender.”
The trio however are said to have baulked at the £75m asking price, choosing to look elsewhere.
The club eventually settled on Aymeric Laporte, shelling out £57m to secure his services from Bilbao.
Given the impact that ‘VVD’ has had at Liverpool already in just eight short months at the club – including his performance against City in both legs of their Champions League clash – you wonder just how good Manchester City might’ve been had they decided to go all out for his signature and plucked him from Jürgen Klopp’s grasp.
As we know however, it wasn’t to be and the presence of the imperious Dutchman has completely transformed the Reds’ backline.
Even Gary Neville has been impressed, the former Manchester United right-back telling Sky Sports:
“I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75m, and I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had.”
“He’s a monster, and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam. It looks like he just throws people out of the way!”
With the extra addition of Alisson Becker and incredible performances of full-back pairing Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Klopp’s side now looks a force to be reckoned with at both ends of the pitch.