Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is rumoured to be interested in making a move for Dutch centre-back Van Dijk this January.
Van Dijk was in impressive form for Southampton last term, slotting straight into the side following his move from Celtic. The 25-year-old’s performances during his first season of English football means there are no shortage of interested parties, particularly in the North West.
Liverpool bosses are keen to snap up the towering Dutchman and you can see why. The Merseysiders are flying in front of goal at the moment, and Klopp will fancy his chances at the title if they can keep it tight at the back.
Van Dijk could be the perfect player for them; he was an integral part of a side that went on a run of 6 Premier League games without conceding a goal last season.
However, Van Dijk has also attracted interest from a host of other teams. Jose Mourinho’s Man United are rumoured to have taken an interest, which could result in a tug-of-war battle between the two rivals.
With Van Dijk’s long-term future very much up in the air, here are THREE reasons why he should choose Liverpool over United this January.
Chance to work under a top coach
Jurgen Klopp is undoubtedly one of the world’s top coaches. His players love playing for him and he improves nearly all those who follow his methods.
Van Dijk could realise his full potential playing under the German. Klopp aided Mats Hummels rise to becoming one of the world’s top centre-backs and he could do the same with the Dutchman.
Van Dijk has all the attributes of the modern defender, he’s comfortable on the ball, strong aerially and can read the game well. Klopp could be the coach to add the finishing touches that would take his game to the next level.
Join a side chasing the title
Liverpool are currently 2nd in the Premier League table and look set to be involved in the title race to the end this season.
The Reds are playing so well in the final third that adding that extra bit of steel to their back line could prove pivotal come what May.
A chance to win the Premier League may not come around too often in a players career, you would imagine Van Dijk would jump at the opportunity to have a shot at the title if an offer comes in.
Join the ex-Saints success stories at Liverpool
Signing players from Southampton has reaped rewards for Liverpool if you look at their current best XI. Lallana, Lovren, Clyne and Mane are all former Saints who have been performing exceptionally well for the Reds so far this season.
The transition has proved smooth for those four ex-Saints men and Van Dijk can take confidence from that if a move were to materialise.
The Dutchman is a player with the quality to make a similar impact on the Liverpool team should he sign in January, and could be the difference for the Reds this season in a league of such fine margins.