The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were feeling pretty confident about the summer a few days ago, but now? Not so much…
Several days ago, Virgil van Dijk looked set to join the Reds this summer, but a recent statement from Liverpool has seen the club drop interest, whilst apologising to Southampton for their courting of the defender.
In many ways, a Liverpool deal for van Dijk could have set the tone for the summer ahead, and more importantly, could have had an undoubtedly huge effect on Liverpool’s prospects in the years to come. The defender, one of Europe’s most sought after, is one of the Premier League’s best players. Solid on the ball, technical and a real leader, his signing would have been a real statement of intent from Liverpool. In their backing down in the deal, the club have shown two things. Firstly, and most obviously, they have resultantly missed out on a player that would have been vital to any long-term success under Klopp. But they have also shown their naivety. With the player keen to move, all Liverpool needed to do was go by the book and secure it fairly. That wasn’t the case – and they have suffered as a result.
Unfortunately for the Reds, though, this is the first proposed deal of the summer that has hit the buffers. A deal for their latest transfer target, Mohamed Salah, still looks some way off, and the club are already said to be looking at alternatives for the attacker. There is still plenty of time, of course, but things are not looking good for Liverpool ahead of what is undoubtedly a hugely important summer.
If Liverpool had managed to sign van Dijk, it would have been a real statement of intent. Indeed, it likely would have made signings thereafter far easier. But instead, Klopp is faced with an uphill battle. Reports of major targets have gone down well so far, but before too long Liverpool need to make a move – and the start to the summer has done very little to prove that they are in a position to develop as a club.
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