It has been a rollercoaster few days for Liverpool’s transfer team and Virgil Van Dijk. After a deal seemed all but certain on Monday evening, by Tuesday night Liverpool had issues an official club statement, apologising to Southampton after threats of reporting to the Premier League and withdrawn all interest.
The Dutch international had been tipped to complete a move to Anfield and smash the world record for the world’s most expensive defender, breaking the fee set by John Stones in his £47.5 million move to Manchester City from Everton last summer.
Now, Liverpool will be forced to look elsewhere at alternatives. Here, The Boot Room outline five potential options for Jurgen Klopp and co. in the coming weeks as they look to bolster their front line…
Stefan de Vrij – Lazio
Sky in Italy, cited by Sky Sports, report that Liverpool have immediately turned to Van Dijk’s international team-mate as an alternative with a £17 million bid rejected by Lazio. The Serie A giants are holding out for a much higher price with Inter Milan and Manchester United also thought to be interested.
Calm and collected on the ball, De Vrij would fit in well with the mould of the kind of player that Klopp is believed to be keen to bring into his side. The German head coach likes to get his defenders playing the ball out from the back, whilst also showing defensive strength, both on the deck and in the air.
However, the 25-year-old’s injury record could be a cause for concern. Indeed, various knee and ankle injuries have cost De Vrij a huge amount of game time over the past few seasons since his move to Italy and Serie A, after an impressive couple of campaigns with Feyenoord in Holland.
Read on over the following pages to see the other options…