Liverpool signing Southampton’s best players has been a common theme over the course of the past few summers, so any time they are aligned with a new Saint, Reds fans’ ears here in the Transfer Tavern perk up, which has certainly been the case with talk of Virgil van Dijk today.
Football Whispers claim that the Merseyside club are keen for the Dutchman to follow Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane north from St Mary’s Stadium to Anfield, with talks between the clubs and the player’s representatives having already taken place.
— Football Whispers (@FB_WHISPERS) 23 March 2017
With Van Dijk having been so impressive before his winter injury lay-off, there’s little wonder Kopites are full of cheer at this news, especially as Jurgen Klopp’s porous defence has cost them points on a few occasions over his 18-and-a-bit months at the club.
Our landlord has been scouring Twitter, and here are some of the best reactions…
Van Dijk would a class signing great recovery pace and power, 6ft3. Kompany regen.
— // (@FutbolMo) 23 March 2017
If we have to break the bank for him, so be it. We NEED a better partner for Matip and Van Dijk is way better any of Lovren, Klavan, Lucas.
— usman (@usman_94_) 23 March 2017
@FB_WHISPERS Van Dijk Matip combo would be a beautiful thing. Hope this is legit
— Jurgen Kop (@wtking05) 23 March 2017
— Klopp (@BundesligaLFC) March 23, 2017
virgil van dijk and joel matip
we will conquered the world
— Silvester Toni (@kerupukbasah27) 23 March 2017
“That Van Dijk is good isn’t he lads?”
— Ellis (@E21LFC) 23 March 2017
Not sure on credibility of football whispers, but be a good start if we was trying to sign VVD
— Terry (@Terry_LFC5) March 23, 2017
Would love to see sakho and klopp sought there differences and then also to get van dijk. We could go 3 at the back. Sakho, Matip & Van Dijk
— Nate (@NathanThomas_11) 23 March 2017
VVD has the same agents as Hendo, Clyne and Origi do just bid 35m and his agents will do the rest in terms of making the move happen.
— Fāz (@RealFaz1) March 23, 2017
However, some are pretty sceptical about their side’s chances of getting Van Dijk.
— max. (@sefendo) March 23, 2017
Virgil van Dijk will end up at Man City, Chelsea or Man Utd. Stop getting excited #LFC
— Martin Mcfly (@HustlerFrankie) 23 March 2017
I’ve said it all along, VVD will end up at City, and I’m still sticking with my words
— Liam (@BobbysOnFire) March 23, 2017