According to reports from The Daily Mail, Virgil van Dijk has been linked with an extraordinary £150m move to Juventus in the summer.
The report claims that the Italian giants believe the Dutchman would be open to a new challenge should Liverpool claim a first league title since 1990.
Van Dijk, 28, joined the Reds back in January 2018 for a then world-record fee for a defender. The former Celtic star has clocked up 106 appearances for the Reds since trading St Mary’s for Anfield – he has 11 goals and boasts five assists.
Since moving to the home of the world and European champions, Van Dijk has helped the club win the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the Super Cup, while they stand on the brink of a first league title in 30 years.
Van Dijk, whose eight-goal haul in the Premier League make him the highest-scoring defender in the division since joining Liverpool two years ago has been one of the club’s most transformative signings in the club’s illustrious 127-year history.
The big Dutchman has transformed a once vulnerable and fragile back-line into the most formidable defensive force across the continent. Alongside central defensive partner Joe Gomez, the duo have conceded just eight goals in their previous 35 league matches.
Van Dijk is on the verge of Liverpool immortality. He is currently representing the best team in the world and looks part of a squad that is destined to compete at the top for years to come – making it unlikely that the Ballon d’Or runner-up will be looking for a move away from Anfield.
Following the report, many Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to play down what is nothing more than absurd paper talk:
Like I said, there is a better chance of LFC getting Mbappe in the summer, than Van Dijk leaving LFC …
— Macedonian_Red (@Macedonian_Red) February 2, 2020
— Lost Sophist (@Lost_Sophist) February 2, 2020
— Si Senor! 🔴 (@Mohodh) February 2, 2020
and we’re supposed to feel threatened ??
— el 💚 (@nchar17) February 2, 2020
Let’s bid £200m for Juventus
— King Divock (@NickBritton4) February 2, 2020
Juve are paying £150m for a sniff of his hair? worth it imo
— Ahmed (@ahmedIfc) February 2, 2020