It’s important to note, however exciting the prospective transfer might be, that Liverpool haven’t signed Virgil van Dijk… yet.
We need to agree a fee with Southampton and personal terms with the 25-year-old, so there’s work to be done around a negotiating table.
But respected Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Northcrot has outlined the importance of the fact the Dutchman has rejected Chelsea and Manchester City, who are managed by Premier League champion Antonio Conte and legendary figure Pep Guardiola respectively.
Didn’t see Liverpool getting in same ballpark as City/Chelsea with ££ offer for player. To do so is big. Shows how much Klopp rates Van Dijk
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) June 5, 2017
If we do finalise the transfer, it will show, for the first time in who knows how long, that we’re competing on a level-playing field with our billionaire rivals – for one primary reason: Jurgen Klopp.
Our manager has convinced Van Dijk that Liverpool has a brighter future than Chelsea and City, which is an unbelievable feat.
This prospective deal shows that now we’re back in the Champions League, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with.
We can’t wait.