Life is pretty good amongst the Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern after the club announced the signing of Virgil van Dijk this week, putting an end to one of the club’s biggest transfer sagas in recent history.
While many of our resident Reds agree that Jurgen Klopp and FSG overpaid for the Dutch defender, Liverpool’s need to strengthen their backline is painfully evident and if £75m is the price to draft in a man who can stop the rot back there, then so be it.
Except the signing of van Dijk itself might not be enough. Indeed, Liverpool have an array of difficulties in such areas and one arrival alone won’t change that.
Clearly, a defensive midfielder is required, as well as a left-back and a top-level partner for the Southampton star, who will join Liverpool imminently, obviously. Firstly, Joel Matip hasn’t looked truly comfortable at the highest level since joining last summer, while neither Jordan Henderson or Emre Can convince in the defensive midfield berth.
Though Albert Moreno has certainly improved this season and Andy Robertson provides decent enough back-up in the left-back role, it’s again an area that could do with strengthening.
With that in mind, a move for Manchester United’s Daley Blind should be considered. Obviously, signing a player from Liverpool’s biggest rivals isn’t something often done (not in 53 years to be precise) though the Oranje star would be a good addition.
Out of the picture at Old Trafford, the 27-year-old can operate in all of the aforementioned areas, giving Klopp some serious depth at Anfield. Blind (rated at £19.80m on Transfermarkt) himself is understood to fear that his career in Manchester is over, despite the potential for a one-year contract extension, and the idea of him moving to Liverpool either this summer or at the end of his contract should be considered.
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