Things seem to be getting on track for our Virgil van Dijk raid. We have been linked with a move for the Southampton player and while there have been numerous clubs looking to add the Dutch defender to their side, Van Dijk has now revealed he wants to play for us next season.
The Independent reports that the 25-year-old has made it clear that he sees his future at Anfield and the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp is a big factor in his decision to leave Southampton. Several other top sources such as BBC and Sky Sports have also confirmed the news.
We do know that Klopp had made Van Dijk one of his prime targets in the summer and the Dutchman would certainly add a lot of steel to our backline, even if we already have Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.
The fee to sign Van Dijk would certainly become our record transfer fee for a Liverpool player, which is touted to be over £50 million. And it is also being rumoured that the wage for Van Dijk would be the highest in the history of the club.
This situation has risen due to the interest from Manchester City and Chelsea but Van Dijk has made his mind up and Anfield will be his home next season.
Klopp power sealing the deal
Champions League football also is another factor for him signing but the pulling power of Klopp seems to be doing the magic for us from last season.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and even Loris Karius all came to the side after a chat with the boss and this season Mohamed Salah has been contacted by the former Dortmund manager.
This is the hallmark of a quality manager and his pulling power seems to be the difference between getting the players we want and having to settle for other targets that weren’t first-choice.
Van Dijk would become a big capture for us ahead of a crucial season and should Salah and the former Celtic defender sign in the coming days, we could even end up challenging for a few trophies.