The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see their club confirm the signing of Southampton’s central defender Virgil Van Dijk on Wednesday, following a lengthy pursuit for his signature.
It was certainly no secret that Liverpool were interested in signing Van Dijk last summer, but after months of speculation, the Dutch defender remained at St Mary’s stadium. However, the speculation concerning his future that persisted in the months thereafter was finally put to rest earlier this week, as Liverpool confirmed that he will be moving to Anfield on January 1st for a colossal fee of £75 million.
The resident Kopites propping up the bar in the tavern are eager to see Van Dijk in action as soon as possible, and they are hoping that he can begin rectifying the defensive problems that have become a detrimental theme in their club’s season so far.
However, Van Dijk’s transfer should only represent the beginning of a significant change in personnel in Liverpool’s defence if Klopp wishes to challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The likes of Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are playing below the standard that is required to compete amongst the big-hitters in the English top-flight.
With that being said, Klopp needs to make an additional three defensive signings to enable Liverpool to significantly improve and put an end to the inconsistency that has characterised the club in recent years.
Liverpool need to sign another central defender, a goalkeeper and a left-back in the next two transfer windows and also convince the likes of Coutinho, Salah and Firmino to stay at Anfield.
If Klopp manages to land three defenders of the highest quality and keep hold of Liverpool’s fine selection of attacking talent, then The Reds will be able to go toe-to-toe with The Citizens next season.