Virgil van Dijk has been astounding ever since he made the move to Liverpool from Southampton.
The £75m the Reds paid for the 28-year-old in 2018 was a world-record fee for a defender at the time, but he has proven to be worth every penny. Since he has arrived, the Anfield outfit have made it to two Champions League finals, winning one, and are also on their way to a first Premier League title in 30 years as they lead by 22 points. Last year, van Dijk finished second in the Ballon d’Or rankings, only behind Lionel Messi, such was his influence.
Of course, other clubs are going to be interested in his services given his quality, one of which is Serie A champions Juventus.
According to The Sun, the Old Lady are plotting a £150m summer bid for the Netherlands international.
He is very talented, but will be 29 in the summer, meaning he has just a few years left at the top.
Should Liverpool consider this bid? We asked FFC’s writers for their verdicts on the recent report.
“Honestly, this seems like a big stretch for me personally. Juventus might’ve managed to get Cristiano Ronaldo but getting Virgil van Dijk seems highly unlikely at this stage. I don’t think Klopp would part with such a huge piece of his jigsaw or rather, he would be crazy to do so! Besides, why would van Dijk leave Liverpool – arguably still the best team in Europe – to join Juventus now? That transfer doesn’t really make much sense – this should be a hard pass by the Reds as losing VVD could be catastrophic, regardless of the money that could supposedly be on the table.”
“Liverpool are no longer the team they once were, so when multi-million pound offers come in for their star players, they should have no fear. And that’s exactly why they should laugh Juventus off with their attempts to clinch Virgil van Dijk. He’s won the Champions League with the club, and is on the verge of clinching their first-ever Premier League title – what else is there to do at Juve other than win the Serie A, a league plagued by tortoise-like players and play in the same team as a living legend in Cristiano Ronaldo? There’s no chance the Reds sell, no matter how much is offered.”
“There’s no way that Liverpool should even consider accepting £150m for Virgil van Dijk. The Reds are the best team in the world at the moment, and the Dutchman is their star player, winning the PFA Player of the Year award last term. Of course, £150m is a lot of money, and it could be reinvested, but who on earth would they sign? Van Dijk is by far and away the best centre-back in the world at the moment, just look at the man who partnered him in the UEFA Team of the Year as a sign of how few quality defenders there are in the world at the moment. Matthijs De Ligt was named alongside van Dijk in that team, and with all due respect to him, he spent most of the year playing in the Eredivisie, a division which isn’t up to scratch with the top league’s in Europe.”
“It is hard to imagine Liverpool contemplating parting ways with the Netherlands international. He is such a key member of this Reds side – it is very unlikely they would have had this recent success without the 28-year-old. They would be mad to let him go, but not just because he is a wonderful player himself, but also the influence he could have on Joe Gomez. The England international, at 23 years of age, is still learning his trade, and there are few better players to learn from than van Dijk. The latter is 28 – he won’t be around forever – and when he does hang up his boots or leave for pastures new, Gomez will be ready to step into his shoes as the leader of the back four. For that reason and so many others, it would be a monumental mistake to let him leave, no matter the eye-catching fee offered.”