Liverpool linked with dream signing; could be the next Virgil van Dijk
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Liverpool linked with Youri Tielemans; could be the next Virgil van Dijk

Could Youri Tielemans be the next Virgil van Dijk? Liverpool want the Belgian from Leicester City, according to reports.

Voetbal 24 claims that Liverpool are among several clubs looking at Youri Tielemans. But more than that, the Leicester City midfielder wants to take a step up in his career.

The article goes as far as saying that Tielemans will make that step next summer, too. Liverpool are in the mix, along with Chelsea, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

A bidding war seems inevitable, then, and it’s one we think Liverpool should get involved in. They’ve been here before, after all.

Can Tielemans be another Van Dijk?

Anyone who watches Tielemans play can see that he’s an elite midfielder waiting to happen – if he isn’t there already. He consistently provides wonderful moments for the Foxes and his all-around game is fantastic.

Just yesterday, in fact, Tielemans showed off his playmaking with a magnificent pass to Patson Daka against Spartak Moscow. That was his third assist of the season to go along with everything else he brings.

Tielemans wins tackles, creates chances, keeps the ball, and offers a fantastic physical presence in midfield. In all, there’s little he can’t do. He’ll even chip in with the odd sensational goal.

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The Belgian is one of the best players not featuring in the Champions League. We say that about someone who only turned 24 in May and should soon move into his prime years.

It’s a situation that reminds us of Virgil van Dijk. He was also an outstanding player looking to make a step up and much like Tielemans, there was a sense he had another level in him.

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Liverpool took a chance on that, paying a world-record fee to sign a potential superstar. The Dutchman also happened to be a player the Reds needed as they attempted to improve their defence.

Gini Wijnaldum’s summer exit leaves Liverpool needing more in midfield – as does a series of injuries in the position. Tielemans could fix the Reds’ problems, then, much as Van Dijk did in 2018.

And that’s why we don’t see this potential bidding war as an issue. Tielemans is the potential superstar Liverpool should go all-out for in 2022. The one who wouldn’t just move himself up a level but the Reds, too.

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