Liverpool signed two central defenders in the summer transfer window in the form of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.
Still, the Reds have consistently leaked goals and Sky Sports expert Tony Cottee thinks that Liverpool should sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk to solve the dilemma (Daily Star). He claimed:
“I think a center-half like Van Dijk – if they can get him – will be a huge signing for Liverpool.”
“The way they play, it leads to them needing a strong back four and two strong centre-halves. If you’re going to play a pressing game and push forward, which is what he wants, he needs reliable defenders”
The 25-year-old former Celtic star has been in top form for the Saints and manager Claude Puel wants to keep him. Southampton have slapped a price tag of 60 million pounds on him (Telegraph) and it’s believed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho determined to bring him at Old Trafford.
The Dutch international leads the back line with command, he is 6 ft 3 with a high leap that not only helps the team in the defense but also in the attack. In 27 games this season, Virgil has scored 4 goals.
Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino rates him very highly and recently claimed (The Times):
“Whichever club signs him will be getting a machine who can help to sustain a title challenge.”
As featured on the site, the likes of Matip and Klavan have performed well and Liverpool do not really need another central defender. Instead, Klopp must sign a specialist holding midfielder to sort out the defensive conundrum.