Throughout the summer, rumours were rife that Liverpool wanted to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk to solve their defensive woes.
In the end, the Saints stood firm and refused a sale, which left the Reds in trouble as they did not appear to have a back-up plan.
Van Dijk submitted a transfer request, making it clear that he wanted to move on.
Since the summer window closed, speculation has been circling that the Dutchman will seal a move away from St Mary’s in January.
Liverpool and Chelsea have been the two clubs touted in the newspapers as possible suitors for Van Dijk, but now it has emerged that Manchester City have entered the race.
According to The Guardian, manager Pep Guardiola regards the centre-back as a top priority in his transfer activity for January.
The Premier League leaders are keen to strengthen their defence amid concerns over Vincent Kompany’s long-term fitness.
After the news emerged, Liverpool fans gave their assessment of the situation.
Swear if Van Dijk ends up going to Man City over us after all of the fiascos then I’m finished… #LFC
— Pete Tscherewik (@Pete_Tscherewik) December 21, 2017
— Drew Diamond 🇬🇧 (@DrewDiamondLtd) December 21, 2017
Van Dijk would be stupid not to go to a team as good as City. Blew our chances this summer with the most unprofessional attempt at a transfer ever and now we'll end up with Hegazi from West Brom. #LFC
— Dane Conneely (@DaneConneely) December 21, 2017
I am actually happy City are going to bid for van dijk
— ً (@jacobIfc) December 21, 2017
Can't believe Van Dijk is going City 😭😭😭😭😭
— Marty Sikora (@marty_sikora) December 21, 2017
If Virgil Van Dijk did decide to choose City over us, could you honestly blame him? They’re far and away the best side in the country and he’s likely to win the league months after signing for them. They’ve been very good in Europe too. I would expect him to reject us for them.
— Olé (@Ole_LFC) December 21, 2017
City will sign van Dijk for £70m in early January, we will end up signing Manuel Akanji from Basel for £9.5m two days before deadline day. I'm telling ya! Prime FSGpool. Brace yourselves…
— Norbert #LFC (@NormalNorbert) December 21, 2017
Van Dijk to City pic.twitter.com/95pCaIyJFY
— Cathal OL (@IrishRED05) December 21, 2017