Virgil van Dijk has picked his dream 5-a-side Premier League team that does not consist of Liverpool players, and has included Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the side.
The Liverpool rock was asked by his club’s official website to pick a 5-a-side team of the Premier League’s current best players. Despite the rivalry at the top of the Premier League, van Dijk picked Ederson as his goalkeeper.
Using a 1-2-1 system, the Dutch defender also included City stars Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne, while also including Son and Aubameyang. The latter two have both been linked with Liverpool in recent months.
The Independent claimed earlier this season that Liverpool’s transfer team are long-term admirers of Tottenham ace Son, while 90Min stated that Liverpool wanted Aubameyang – having worked with Klopp at Dortmund. Van Dijk is clearly a fan of both.
On Son, van Dijk said: “He’s quick, he’s strong, he goes out there to make life hell on the pitch for a defender. And his finishing – right foot, left foot – is just outstanding so I think I would pick him.”
On Aubameyang, van Dijk said: “Based on what he has done throughout the season. Together Lacazette and Aubameyang are a fantastic duo. I could also put Aguero in. I think he’s a good striker and the numbers have showed that since he arrived.”
TBR’s view – Would Son or Aubameyang improve Liverpool?
It is very difficult to improve on Mo Salah or Sadio Mane. Aubameyang is one of Europe’s best marksmen and having worked under Klopp in the past, would be a top addition. But it must be remembered that Auba turns 31 in June.
Meanwhile, Son would also be a stunning signing and is likely to cost a fee close to nine figures if Spurs were to sell. However, he is probably on a par with Mane and Salah – and spending such a fee to sign a player that is no improvement is a waste.
Liverpool are likely to target younger players this summer – Jadon Sancho, for example.