The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by the impact Virgil Van Dijk has had since he arrived from Southampton in January.
Virgil Van Dijk arrived at Anfield with the weight of expectation on his shoulders after becoming the world’s most expensive defender of all time. The Dutch international thoroughly deserved his chance to impress at a top-four club after two and a half seasons with the Saints, and so far he has thoroughly justified his enormous price-tag by restoring solidity to a defence which was previously characterised by shakiness and uncertainty.
Although Van Dijk has begun to transform the quality of Liverpool’s defence, Klopp still has plenty of work to do to improve the back-four. The Reds should be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer to replace Lorius Karius and they would also benefit from replacing Dejan Lovren next season to step up another level.
There are a handful of candidates across Europe who Liverpool would be wise to consider this summer, but one man who stands out is Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax. According to Dutch media outlet De Telegraf, the 18-year-old wonderkid has put a handful of European clubs on red alert after informing the Dutch giants that he wants to leave the club this summer and, if that report proves to be true, Liverpool would be foolish not to join the race for his signature.
De Ligt (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) is one of, if not Europe’s most promising central-defender, and the fact he has featured in almost every minute of Ajax’s Eridivisie campaign this season speaks volumes about his importance to the club already. Standing at almost 6ft 2in, de Ligt possesses almost the perfect physique for a modern day centre-back; he is tall, lean and mobile, so he would have no problem adapting to the speed and intensity of the Premier League.
Perhaps most crucially, de Ligt is a typical product of the Ajax academy due to the quality of his technical ability. The 18-year-old has plenty of learn in European football, but the initial signs suggest he will become one of the best defenders on the continent in the years to come, and the fact he has already played alongside Van Dijk for the Dutch national team suggests the pairing could develop an unbreakable understanding at Anfield.
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