It is hard to criticise Liverpool this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men currently sitting in second position in the Premier League table, having not lost a game since August 20th.
One area of concern for the club’s fans and management team, however, must be their fragile defence, with 14 goals conceded already in the league – the joint highest amount out of any team inside the top-seven.
Klopp should look no further than Southampton’s rock at the back Virgil van Dijk, if he wants to improve his back-line, and provide the impressive Joel Matip with a partner befitting of his talents.
The Merseyside outfit have a history of signing Saints players, but the potential signing of the Dutch international centre-back could be the most important out of any of them.
Standing at 6 ft 4 in, the former Celtic man would bring a physical presence to the Reds’ backline, and would combine perfectly with the more mobile style of Joel Matip.
If Liverpool are to mount a sustained title challenge over the next few seasons, it will be absolutely vital for them to improve upon their defensive record, and at the very least, forge a consistent centre-back pairing.
While Southampton fans will be tired of reading about another one of their stars being the perfect fit for Liverpool, in modern-day football it is next to impossible to keep a player from moving to one of Europe’s giants, and Liverpool certainly still fulfil that criteria, despite their recent dry years, as far as winning trophies go.
The 25-year-old’s contract does not expire at St Mary’s until the summer of 2022, so in order to prise him away from the Saints, an extortionate transfer fee will be required to even tempt them into selling.
His value to Liverpool would far outweigh any kind of financial outlay, however, and the Reds hierarchy should treat the signing of the Dutchman as a matter of priority if they are to fulfil their dream of winning titles regularly once again.