Dirk Kuyt urges Jurgen Klopp to sign 26-year-old world-class No.17

Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk would do a ‘great job’ at Liverpool, according to Dirk Kuyt. Van Dijk’s situation at St Mary’s was one of the sagas of the summer after he failed to land a move despite handing in a transfer request to Southampton.

The Reds were believed to be closing in on a deal at the start of the summer but were forced to end their pursuit after being accused of tapping-up offences.

Jurgen Klopp is expected to revive his interest in Van Dijk this winter, however, and Kuyt believes he would be a welcome addition at Anfield.

‘I know Virgil,’ Kuyt, who spent six years on Merseyside at Liverpool, told Sky Sports. ‘I didn’t play with him in the national team but he’s a great player. We’ll see how things will go in the winter break or at the end of the season.

‘I don’t think it’s strange for me to say he is a player who will suit Liverpool very well. He has the right mentality and he is a great defender.

‘He could do a great job at Liverpool but it’s not for me to say if he would be an improvement or not. That’s up to the club.’

While Liverpool are believed to be preparing a January move for Van Dijk, Manchester City are also looking to bolster their defensive options and have expressed interest in the 26-year-old.

Winning six of their first 12 league fixtures this season, Liverpool are currently fifth in the English top-flight and continue their Champions League campaign at Sevilla on Tuesday evening.