Jordan Henderson had a huge role to play in Liverpool capturing Virgil van Dijk just over a year ago, with the Reds captain doing everything he could to help get the signing over the line.
According to Melissa Reddy’s excellent piece for JOE, Henderson’s role in the transfer has “not been given the consideration it deserves”.
Henderson and Van Dijk share an agent, and the captain apparently kept pestering the Reds’ recruitment team to keep working on the transfer, even after the difficulties which arose when trying to sign him in the summer of 2017.
Had he not been so insistent during the six months or so the Reds had to decide whether to go back in for Van Dijk, perhaps the Dutchman would have moved elsewhere – and how different things could have been since then.
Reddy also claimed Henderson believes having Van Dijk and summer 2018 signing Alisson in the side has the same effect as when Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were alongside him, but, of course, at the other end of the pitch.
Having the two giants in the team not only improves the confidence of the Reds’ players, but is unsettling for opponents, too.
Reddy describes Van Dijk and Alisson as being ‘transformers’ – and we could not agree more.