It may not have been the most exciting summer for the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern thus far, despite the arrival of Mo Salah.
The Reds have reportedly seen a number of bids rejected by RB Leipzig for midfielder Naby Keita and, earlier on in the window, the local Kopites propping up our bar were forced to see the club publicly call off a pursuit for Southampton defender, Virgil van Dijk.
Well, at least they thought they had.
Indeed, Sky Sports claim that sources close to the Dutchman expect him to be a Liverpool player by the end of the transfer window. Saints chief Mauricio Pellegrino recently revealed that the 26-year-old had asked to leave St. Mary’s Stadium, though the likes of Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the defender.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 25, 2017
One of the most impressive defenders in the Premier League, the former Celtic man is believed to want a move to Anfield, though there is reportedly ‘no suggestion’ the Merseyside giants have done anything wrong since ending their interest in the player.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side blighted by defensive frailty last season, the idea of seeing him join for their Champions League campaign really has proved exciting.
This will undoubtedly be a difficult deal to push over the line. Indeed, Liverpool having to break the world transfer record for a defender is a feasible eventuality of this saga, though Southampton’s insistence he will not be sold is indeed admirable.
Still, with the player seemingly somewhat trying to force a move away from the south coast, surely VVD moving up to Merseyside is more a case of when, not if.
Signing a defender of such quality to strengthen their backline could even make the Reds title challengers next season, much to the delight of our resident Kopites.
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