Liverpool have been missing their talismanic centre back this season. The Reds lost Big Virgil van Dijk for the campaign when he ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside Derby. Since then we’ve lost the rest of our defence. One defender we haven’t lost is the one we never had, he would’ve come in handy now. According to the Liverpool ECHO; Liverpool considered signing Stefan de Vrij to partner Virgil van Dijk.
Who is Stefan de Vrij?
29-year-old Stefan de Vrij plays as a centre back for Inter Milan.
The Dutchman joined Inter in 2018, leaving Lazio on a free transfer at the end of his contract.
He’s made 112 appearances in total for the Milanese side and has earned 43 caps for the Netherlands.
Liverpool wanted Stefan de Vrij
According to Ian Atkins, Liverpool wanted to sign Stefan de Vrij back in 2017/18.
The former Everton recruiter was something of an advisor to de Vrij after meeting him during a scouting trip to the Netherlands in 2013. Atkins told the ECHO:
“I know at one point Liverpool were very interested. Liverpool had spoken to him but came up with a great one to be fair, they just felt Van Dijk could play on the edge a little bit more than Stefan, and they were right because Klopp likes to squeeze and push to the halfway line and Van Dijk was a little bit more mobile.”
Atkins goes on to claim that Liverpool considered signing Stefan de Vrij on a free transfer to partner Van Dijk, the former Toffees employee believes they would’ve formed ‘the best pairing in Europe’.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing Stefan de Vrij could’ve been a smart move but it would’ve hampered the progress of Joe Gomez.
Having said that, we wouldn’t say no to an extra world class defender now.
The Reds did just fine without the Inter star, though now we can have a think about what could’ve been.
Would they really have been the best pairing in Europe?