14 Apr 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool determined to sign 'superb' £60m powerhouse; Gerrard and Carra want deal

After a few weeks of radio silence, the Virgil Van Dijk rumours are ramping up again, and new reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp is desperate to sign the 'superb' defender this summer.

Over the last few months, Liverpool have been constantly linked with 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.

Now, according to the Daily Mail:

"Liverpool are ready to to sign Virgil Van Dijk. Jurgen wants to bring in quality additions to ensure Liverpool’s progress [and] he is determined to bolster the club's defence".

Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham, and Arsenal are also all in the race for Van Dijk, but according to ex-Southampton star David Prutton:

“Liverpool have a good dialogue with Southampton [which] gives them a head start".

Given the unreliability of Matip and Lovren, it's clear that Liverpool need to sign at least one (or possibly two) top quality centre-halves this summer. Van Dijk fits the bill for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that he's Premier League proven, and (in theory) won't require time to adapt.

Unfortunately, Liverpool cannot compete with the financial might of Chelsea, Man Utd, and City, so a deal seems unlikely. Plus, with the added bonus of being (probable) Premier League champions, I can't see Van Dijk choosing Anfield over Stamford Bridge (which comes with the added bonus of life in London).

That said, he may feel that he'll get more playing time at Liverpool, which is probably the case, and that may be a deciding factor. Or, Van Dijk may just sign for the team that pays him the most.

Will Klopp break the club's transfer record to sign a defender...?


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