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Forget Van Dijk: Liverpool must make a move for this £27m-rated ace in January

Liverpool supporters have been particularly upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side ease past Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, a result which moved the Merseyside giants up to fourth place in the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash on the South Coast off the back of successive draws against Everton and West Brom at Anfield, yet there was little doubt about the result on Sunday as the Reds produced another attacking masterclass to brush aside Eddie Howe’s Cherries. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino secured a comprehensive victory for Klopp’s side, which in turn moved them back up to fourth place in the Premier League following Tottenham’s heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are looking ahead to the forthcoming January transfer window, and thus what business their side could look to conduct in a bid to bolster the squad ahead of the second half of the season.

However, one man who may not be making the move to Anfield is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, as recent reports suggest that the Reds are not willing to stump up the £70 million the Saints want for the Netherlands centre-back.

As such, a deal is seemingly unlikely in January, yet Klopp’s side should forget about a move for the 26-year-old anyway, and instead go after Chelsea defender David Luiz, who doesn’t appear to have much of a future at Stamford Bridge.

And Liverpool should seek to strike a deal as the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) played an enormous part in the Blues’ title-winning success last season, in a campaign which saw the 30-year-old finally prove his worth as a defender.

Ultimately, during his first stint at Chelsea between 2011 and 2014, as well as his time with Paris Saint-Germain in the succeeding two years, Luiz didn’t always show the discipline and application needed to flourish as a centre-back, to the point that many felt he’d be an excellent defensive midfielder.

And those concerns were still raised when the Blues re-signed him in the summer of 2016, but the Brazil star soon quashed any doubts with an outstanding campaign, which saw manager Antonio Conte place his faith in the defender by playing him in the middle of his back three, with Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta usually either side of him.

And Klopp surely must be looking at that and wondering how much of an impact he could have in his side backline. Luiz has not only developed into a combative centre-back, but he remains excellent with the ball at his feet, often showing composure when under pressure in his own half.

Add in a know-how in getting the job done in the Premier League, as well as vast amounts of experience in European competition, and he’d be an excellent signing for many a side, not least a Liverpool team who remain wholly unconvincing at the back.

And with his Chelsea career seemingly heading one way falling a reported spat with manager Conte earlier this term, as well as the fine form of Andreas Christensen, a move away looks likely in January.

And it’s a move Liverpool should look to strike come in the New Year.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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