Liverpool would have targeted former Athletic Bilbao central defender had they missed out on signing Virgil van Dijk in January.

From eight Premier League games this season, Liverpool have secured 20 points and are joint top of the table alongside Manchester City and Chelsea, with the Reds’ defence a large part of why Klopp’s side has started the domestic campaign so well.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in front of Alisson is one of the strongest defensive units in England but had things turned out slightly differently, Manchester City would have van Dijk at the back and Liverpool might have signed Laporte.

Pep Guardiola lost out on van Dijk when Klopp convinced the Dutchman to join him at Liverpool and now it has been revealed that Laporte was on the Reds’ shortlist as an alternative to van Dijk.

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Reliable journalist Paul Joyce has revealed that had Liverpool not been successful in their attempt to sign van Dijk, they would have made a move to sign Laporte from Bilbao, who then, in turn, completed a move to City for £57million.

I, personally, believe that van Dijk is the superior defender and that no other defender available would have had the same impact on Liverpool’s backline that the former S’ton centre back has.

£75million for van Dijk now looks like a bargain and with the Reds in a prime position to challenge for the league title, signing him could prove to be crucial in Klopp’s search for silverware as Liverpool boss.