Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk’s transfer stance shows just how far Reds have come

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to The Mirror’s John Cross, Barcelona made enquiries over the availability of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

What’s the word, then?

Well, whilst writing his weekly column, Cross slips in the fact that the Spanish champions made advances towards the Dutchman, but were quickly told where to go with van Dijk’s representatives not even bothering to take Barcelona’s interest any further.

The £75m man has emerged as arguably Europe’s best centre-back, and is the current favourite to win the Ballon d’Or after a phenomenal season with the Reds.

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The 6 foot 4 colossus was named as the PFA Player of the Year for his efforts last term, and also played a huge role in Liverpool becoming European champions – the 28-year-old is looking like a snip at £75m when players such as Harry Maguire are valued at £90m this summer.

Rejection shows how far Liverpool have come

Whenever this kind of transfer approach would happen in previous years, it would always seem to cause a stir around Anfield.

Chelsea came for Fernando Torres. He handed in a transfer request and was gone.

Barcelona came for Luis Suarez. He swiftly left and also caused problems the year before by trying to force a move to Arsenal – the Uruguayan considered handing in a transfer request whilst court action was also a possibility.

Manchester City tried to get Raheem Sterling. They found barely any problems in convincing the forward to leave after the England international informed Liverpool that he wanted the move – he is now one of the best attackers in the Premier League having hit 17 goals last term.

Last but not least, Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian got wind of Barcelona’s interest and submitted a transfer request, whilst also paying a chunk of his own money towards the move.

Liverpool have been bullied, humiliated and pushed around in the market for years, but van Dijk’s stern rejection of Barcelona’s advances shows that he sees Anfield as a better place to be – it is a true sign that times are changing for the Merseysiders in how they are viewed by the elite players.

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