Van Dijk has emerged as a priority target for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the summer transfer window, as he looks to strengthen his defence once again.
And according to the Liverpool Echo, not only is Van Dijk his ideal candidate, but he is prepared to sanction a significant bid for the 25-year-old.
Prior to picking up an ankle injury in January, Van Dijk had been in exceptional form this season, underlining his status as one of Europe’s finest defensive talents.
To do so, they will need to make Southampton a £50 million offer, as well as ensure Van Dijk is “one of the club’s highest wage earners.”
Furthermore, qualification for next season’s Champions League will be imperative in sealing Van Dijk’s signature.
Van Dijk is the blockbuster defensive signing supporters have routinely called for, and as such the financial impact of his arrival would be massive.
His transfer fee would eclipse that of Sadio Mane, Christian Benteke and Andy Carroll, and would match the world record for a defender, set by Paris Saint-Germain in signing David Luiz in 2014.
But he would certainly be worth the outlay, providing Matip with a proven, long-term partner at the back and giving Liverpool the top-level centre-back they require.
Beyond injuries, Klopp’s problems as Reds manager so far have regularly stemmed from defensive issues, as was evidently clear in the 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace.
Van Dijk would go a considerable length to solve that, with the Netherlands international a supreme physical defender, a composed ball-player and, crucially, a strong organisational presence.
His desire to play in the Champions League, however, remains a worrying caveat, given the Reds are not in the clear just yet.
Fail to reach the top four, and Klopp could be forced to overlook his top targets.