LIVERPOOL must spend big to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
That’s the view of former Arsenal midfielder-turned-pundit Paul Merson.
The Southampton ace has been linked with a move to Liverpool over the last week with Jurgen Klopp keen to strengthen his defence.
Manchester United and Manchester City are both said to be keen on making a move for the former Celtic man too however, with Jose Mourinho a big fan and Pep Guardiola seeing him as as Vincent Kompany’s replacement.
Liverpool sit second in the table after a strong start, but conceding goals has been a problem for Klopp’s men.
And Merson reckons the Reds should go all out for the Dutchman if they want to be lifting the Premier League trophy in May.
“For me, I think if Liverpool get together and go and buy Van Dijk for £50 million in January, they will take some beating,” Merson told talkSPORT.
“They’ve got the firepower going forward, I just don’t think they’ve got it at the back.
“I know they’ve done it this season so far, but defensively they aren’t going to be good enough [against the big teams].
“But if they can go out and get Van Dijk, I think £50 million, that nearly wins you the Premier League.”
Liverpool will be hoping to close the gap on leaders Chelsea when they take on Bournemouth on Sunday (1.30pm).