Virgil van Dijk’s name will never be too far away from the conversation when Liverpool are involved and that is quite right.
The centre-back has been nothing but world-class for the Anfield outfit during his time at the club and has forced himself into the reckoning as one of the best defenders in the game currently (if not one of the best overall players).
However, it seems there was a chance that he could have joined one of Liverpool’s arch-rivals if they had decided to act quicker than they originally did.
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The Times have reported that Manchester United tried to make a late attempt to sign van Dijk from under Liverpool’s noses.
The Red Devils were told by Southampton that their defender (at the time) had just completed his medical with the Anfield outfit ahead of the £75million move he made in January 2018.
Just imagine how different things could have been for Liverpool if Manchester United had acted quicker in their pursuit of van Dijk.
The Holland international has proved to be worth every penny that Klopp’s side paid for the defender and he has, arguably, been one of the club’s best players for a very long time.
The centre-back has managed to sort out all the problems that the Anfield outfit used to have at the back and has turned the team into one that has become almost impenetrable throughout the season.
Van Dijk has been one of the main reason as to why Liverpool have only conceded 20 goals and kept 17 clean sheets in the Premier League this season as they continue to challenge Manchester City for the title, whilst he has also been a colossus in the Champions League, which will give Barcelona’s talented attackers some concerns.
Thankfully, Liverpool managed to get this one done as soon as they did and had the foresight to ensure they were not involved in any potential battles to get a deal for him over the line.
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