LIVERPOOL will sign Virgil van Dijk this summer if they match Southampton’s valuation of the defender.
That’s the opinion of former Reds star Steve Nicol who believes the fact his former club have been accused of tapping up will not stop them in their pursuit.
Van Dijk is also wanted by Chelsea as they search for a long-term replacement for John Terry.
And Nicol feels it was right Liverpool received no punishment for speaking to the centre-back.
“Absolutely (Liverpool should avoid any punishment),” he said on ESPN FC.
“If you’re going to turn around and start disciplining Liverpool or any other team for this sort of behaviour, I’ll tell you what you’re going to be very busy.
“I’m not going to argue that it’s not unethical, but it’s about as common as muck.
“It happens every single time there’s a transfer, somebody gets tapped up. Everybody knows it but everybody turns a blind eye to it.
“If the FA or anybody else want to go after Liverpool or any other club for this type of behaviour, like I said, you’re going to be very busy because they’re all at it.”
Nicol thinks Liverpool should sign Van Dijk but believes Saints’ £60m valuation of their star is way too high.
He added: “No (I don’t believe it). If the price is right then yes (the transfer will happen).
“If the price is right, which I hope is not £60m, because I don’t think he’s worth £60m.
“Liverpool need a centre-back, I guess sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Whether the valuation is correct or not, Liverpool need a centre-back.
“He is a good player, the question is can he deliver at Liverpool?
“He did it at Southampton, can he do it at one of the big boys? I don’t know.”
Liverpool have already signed Mohamed Salah from Roma this summer for a fee totalling £39m.