Liverpool have already found an alternative to Virgil van Dijk

Published Add your comment

Football News

Just a couple of days ago, Liverpool fans were celebrating the fact they were on the verge of signing one of the Premier League’s best defenders.

Reports were circulating that Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk had picked Jurgen Klopp’s side over Manchester City and Chelsea.

But there was a problem - Liverpool hadn’t actually contacted the South Coast club.

So when reports emerged that Van Dijk had decided he wanted to play at Anfield next season, Southampton were understandably a bit annoyed.

As a result, they reported Liverpool to the Premier League for tapping up their star man.

While the Premier League are yet to make a decision on Southampton’s complaint, Liverpool weren’t waiting around to discover whether they would be punished or not.

They soon issued an apology to Southampton and revealed that they would withdraw their interest in their player.

Liverpool's apology

So, it seems Liverpool won’t be getting Van Dijk after all.

But they still desperately need a defender.

After conceding 42 league goals last season with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip failing to form a solid partnership, Klopp knows he needs at least one top quality centre-back to compete in Europe and challenge for the Premier League.

So, with Van Dijk out of the question, Liverpool have already turned to an alternative.

Liverpool's alternative 

According to Sky Italy, per Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, the Merseysiders are interested in Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij.

De Vrij - who is Dijk’s teammate for the Netherlands - will probably command a fee of around £30 million. The 25-year-old has been at the Italian club for three seasons, having been signed from Feyenoord in 2014.

Maybe Liverpool should contact Lazio and let them know that they’re interested in De Vrij before making advances, though.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Rickie Lambert
Jordan Henderson
Philippe Coutinho
Nathaniel Clyne
Adam Lallana

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again