There is no questioning what Jurgen Klopp’s priority should be in the transfer market this summer – improving a defence that has conceded the most goals of any side in the Premier League’s top seven.
Liverpool’s last Premier League outing against Crystal Palace provided enough evidence on its own; Christian Benteke was uncontested inside the box to put away the Eagles’ first goal in a 2-1 win, whilst his brace came via some frankly amateur defending from a corner – the ball passing through three Liverpool defenders before finding its way to the Belgian striker.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp is already on the case. The Reds are allegedly ready to pay a club-record transfer fee to sign Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, who is valued by his current employers at a whopping £50million.
No doubt, the Netherlands international was in phenomenal form during the first half of the campaign, until having his season ended prematurely in January by a nasty tackle from Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. But is he really worth £50million? And if so, should Liverpool pay it considering the effect he could have on their top four chances in the coming seasons? Let us know by voting below…