PSV Eindhoven forward Gakpo has been one of the breakout stars of this year’s World Cup so far, sitting joint-top scorer with three goals in four games.
According to GOAL‘s Neil Jones, however, Gakpo is “not somebody that is being actively targeted” by the Reds at this stage.
In the mixed zone following the Netherlands’ 3-1 win over the USA in the last 16 on Saturday evening, Van Dijk was asked about the prospect of his team-mate joining either Real Madrid or Man United.
“Are Manchester United and Real Madrid on the same level at this moment?” he replied, as quoted by The Athletic.
“No disrespect, not at all.
“I think he definitely has a next step in him. I definitely feel like it could happen. Whether it happens in the winter or next year, time will tell.
“But he’s a great boy, works hard, is very talented and there’s definitely more in him.
“We are very pleased he’s doing so well and long may it continue.”
While United do sit above Liverpool in the Premier League table at present – the Manchester club one place and four points ahead – Van Dijk does make a convincing point.
If a player of Gakpo’s potential has the option of either United or Real, the lure of Madrid would surely be more tempting at this stage.
Of course, though Van Dijk insisted there was “no disrespect,” the rivalry between Liverpool and United may well have crept in for a split-second!