Confirmation of Virgil van Dijk’s signing has certainly put the Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern in a very good mood indeed after the defensive nightmares they’ve been forced to watch for much of the past two years. Indeed, having shelled out a world record fee for a defender, our resident Reds are expecting some big changes.
Though the Dutchman will improve Jurgen Klopp’s defence, some of our local Kopites aren’t quite sure that he’s the absolute answer. In fact, many of them believe that his arrival should now spark Klopp and FSG into MORE transfer activity and, in particular, the signing of a defensive midfielder.
At Southampton, VVD’s very best form came when playing behind either Victor Wanyama or an in-form Oriol Romeu. Moving to Anfield, the former Celtic man won’t have that luxury, with Jordan Henderson or Emre Can usually charged with acting as the men to stay back in the Liverpool engine room.
Neither of them are as good as the two Saints we mentioned earlier, so they certainly need to make a signing on that front. With that in mind, a shock move for an Everton star would be a very smart idea, despite his form at Goodison Park since his arrival in January 2016.
Morgan Schneiderlin, a former teammate of the Dutch defender, has lost all trace of the stunning form he displayed on the South Coast. The former Manchester United man, at his best, is a wonderful holding midfielder, one able to cut passing lanes down effectively before launching devastating counter-attacks with his clever use of the ball in transition.
Though signing a player from their city rivals hasn’t been done since 2002, Liverpool should seriously consider a move for the French international. Linked with a move to West Ham, the 28-year-old needs to find his best form again or face dropping down the division and a move to Anfield could completely revitalise him.
The idea of Schneiderlin protecting Liverpool’s defence before passing into the likes of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino or Mo Salah should be a seriously exciting one in the red half of the city, despite his history with Everton and Manchester United.
While Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League is far too great at the moment, adding both Schneiderlin and van Dijk to an already talent-packed squad could make them genuine title contenders next season.
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