Darren Fletcher has revealed how he urged West Bromwich Albion to sign Virgil van Dijk before Southampton snatched him up for £13million in 2015.
In January, Liverpool signed van Dijk – arguably the best central defender in world football currently – for £75million. Since then, the Reds have established themselves as one of the best sides defensively in all of Europe.
The addition of Alisson, alongside the rise to prominence of Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, has seen Klopp’s side transform into a team that just doesn’t look like conceding.
Things might have been different, however, had West Brom done more to sign Virgil van Dijk in 2015 when Darren Fletcher recommended the Dutchman to the Baggies.
“I was recommending Jonny Evans which we managed to get, which was fantastic,” Fletcher said on Sky Sports.
“And I also said ‘go and get Van Dijk’. I think it was before he went to Southampton for £10-11m.
“Obviously West Brom felt it was a little bit too much.
“They were umming and ahing about £6m for Jonny Evans. So you could maybe see the dilemma, there wasn’t much money.”