Reds allowed Colombian target to join Tottenham despite missing out on £60m star

Liverpool had the option to sign a world-class alternative to Virgil van Dijk over the summer but manager Jurgen Klopp instead decided to stick with his current options.

The Reds are currently seventh in the Premier League table, with their three defeats this campaign owing much to a leaky defence that has conceded 12 times – more than Swansea City, who sit in the relegation zone.

The back-line was equally porous last season, a problem that looked set to be remedied by the arrival of Van Dijk from Southampton, but the south-coast club refused to sell

And now the Daily Mail report that Klopp was presented with two options he could have signed instead of Van Dijk, both of whom would have been significantly cheaper than the £60m-rated Dutchman.

Incredibly, the Reds looked at then Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez but were ‘happy’ to let him join Tottenham, where he has impressed hugely since becoming the north London club’s record signing.

The Colombian has yet to taste defeat in his Spurs career so far, and has collected four clean sheets from his first six starts across both the Premier League and Champions League.

The other option presented to Liverpool was Kalidou Koulibaly, but Liverpool were not prepared to pay Napoli’s massive asking price.