20 Feb 2017

Confirmed: Liverpool 'asked about' signing 'superb' £60m powerhouse; Gerrard and Carra want transfer

Ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool missed out on signing one of the world's most coveted defenders during his time at Anfield.

Over the last few months, Liverpool have been constantly linked with 'superb' Saints defender Virgil Van Dijk, and in January, Steven Gerrard joined ex-Reds Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, and Jan Molby in calling for his old club sign the £60m-rated defender.

Van Dijk is destined to leave this summer, and whoever signs the Dutchman will inevitably have to pay through the nose to seal the deal. According to Rodgers, though, Liverpool could've signed Van Dijk for peanuts. In a recent interview with ESPN, he claimed:

"Virgil van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to Liverpool. When I was at Liverpool I asked about van Dijk, but I was told he wouldn't be for us at the time. There was an issue with [LFC's] scouts."

Van Dijk cost Celtic just £2.6m. £2.6m! If Liverpool weren't so negligent, he could playing for the Reds right now, and he'd probably be considered as one of the greatest LFC bargains of the Premier League era (along with Sami Hyypia, who cost a similar amount).

Instead, as is usually the case, Liverpool miss out on obviously talented players when they're cheap, and end up signing them for extortionate fees late down the line (Lovren is one recent example of this).

Van Dijk is now one of the most coveted defenders in Europe, and his inevitably prohibitive price tag probably means that Liverpool are out of the running.


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