Having spent £35m on a midfielder who doesn’t start league games and failed to invest in a defence that looks rickety against any team that actually bothers attacking them, you might consider it important for Liverpool to eventually sign Virgil van Dijk.
After all, Jurgen Klopp has put an awful lot of eggs in one basket. Having made it clear that they wanted the Southampton central defender, Klopp chose not to sign an alternative but instead keep faith in what we had until Van Dijk does become available.
So the words of Tom Hopkinson in the Sunday People might worry Liverpool fans a touch. He writes that Barcelona scouts watched Van Dijk against Sweden during the international break, and that the club will make their move for the central defender.
There seems little doubt that Southampton would rather sell Van Dijk to anyone but Liverpool, and him moving abroad would be the best case scenario if he was to be sold.
It would be wonderfully petty if Barcelona made clear their interest in Van Dijk, only to tell Liverpool that they will back off if they agree to sell them Philippe Coutinho. Petty, but entirely believable.
Liverpool will reportedly have to compete with Barcelona if they want to sign Virgil van Dijk.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 14, 2017