Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last week or so after seeing their team all but book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after thumping Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with the Portuguese giants off the back of easing past Southampton 2-0 in their preceding encounter, a result which moved them to within two points of second place Manchester United in the Premier League table. And the Reds continued their decent run of form on Wednesday as a hat-trick from Sadio Mane as well as strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed a routine victory for the Merseyside giants, all but sealing their place in the last eight ahead of the return leg in a fortnight’s time.
Thus, there have been many buoyant Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can build on Wednesday’s crushing victory when they return to Premier League action against West Ham on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that target Stefan De Vrij will not pen a new deal with Lazio, and thus will be able on a free transfer in the summer.
The 26-year-old made the move to the Italian giants back in 2014 and has since played 100 games for the club, 31 of which coming last season to help the club to fifth place in Serie A, and thus a spot in this term’s Europa League group stage.
Yet reports suggest that the Netherlands international will not sign a new deal with the club, and with his current one up in the summer, the centre-back looks set to leave the Stadio Olimpico for free during the close season.
Liverpool have reportedly been interested in De Vrij in recent times, yet Reds fans on Twitter couldn’t agree on whether or not their side should go after the £31.5 million-rated freebie (as per Transfermarkt) this summer…
Low risk and could form a formidable partnerships alongside Van Dijk. If it happens I’m all for it
— Paul (@_lfcpaul) February 20, 2018
Too slow, dithering and injury prone (we’ve got a few of these already)
— Oliver Montgomery (@OllieMont) February 20, 2018
Would love de Vrij at Liverpool. Dutch CB partnership could be incredible, communication is vital on and off the pitch and that would help our back line so much
— Jacob (@JxcobLFC) February 19, 2018
No… injury prone
— ‘ (@VigilantVanDijk) February 20, 2018
Absolutely. van Dijk already knows him well. Free transfer. Its not like Lazio dont want to keep him. Great piece of business. Allows us to sell Lovren who is worth a good chunk of money.
— Mark Mason (@MMason00) February 20, 2018
— BornRed (@Raaaji123) February 20, 2018
— Josh (@Josh11LFC) February 20, 2018
De Vrij is not good enough for #LFC Van Dijk, Lovren, Matip all better.
— AJN. (@AndrewJNicholls) February 20, 2018
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!