Van Dijk is generally seen as Jurgen Klopp‘s main transfer target this summer, with a host of top English clubs chasing the highly-rated 25-year-old.
With Liverpool’s defence once again a weak-link this season, an upgrade is required at centre-back, and Van Dijk fits the bill perfectly.
Tall, quick, superb on the ball and a good leader, the Dutchman was one of the Premier League‘s standout defenders in 2016/17 – and performed magnificently in the 0-0 draw with the Reds back in November.
The Mirror‘s John Cross, admittedly not the most reliable of sources in the past for Liverpool, claims the Saints defender “is attracted by the proposition of playing for Klopp.”
Although Cross believes Chelsea are still the favourites to land the £50 million-rated Netherlands international, Liverpool are willing to pay him £200,000 a week.
Should the Reds pull off a deal for Van Dijk, it would be one of the club’s most significant signings for a number of years.
Liverpool have been crying about for a genuinely top class centre-back since the peak years of Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher, and Van Dijk would be just that.
Van Dijk would be perfectly suited to Klopp’s style of play, and him joining would be a huge statement of intent. Don’t get your hopes up too much, though.