Vida’s World Cup performances for Croatia prove he could work perfectly with Van Dijk at Liverpool

When Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk in January, the defence drastically improved.

The Dutchman’s leadership ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s side did not regularly leak goals, and his confidence spread throughout the back line.

However, even though Dejan Lovren showed signs of improvement, there are still doubts over his ability to work alongside Van Dijk long-term.

Interestingly, the 29-year-old may have given Liverpool a glimpse of another defender that could work well in the team during Croatia’s World Cup campaign in Russia.

Lovren partnered Domagoj Vida during the tournament, which ended strongly for the nation, despite the fact that they lost to France in the final.

The Besiktas centre-back caught the eye with his strength and fearlessness at the back, and according to Turkish publication Fanatik, the Reds have already tabled a bid close to £20m.

Domagoj Vida stats for Croatia in 2018 World Cup

Vida may not have made many tackles over the course of the tournament, but he managed to thwart numerous attacks by snatching possession.

On 31 occasions, the defender was first to the ball to clear the danger, and he also showed strength in the air by winning 14 duels.

If Vida was to move to Anfield, it would be somewhat controversial as he would likely take Lovren’s spot rather than oust Van Dijk.

Judging by his performances in Russia, though, the pair could form a solid bond at the back.