Three defenders Southampton should target to replace Van Dijk
On Wednesday, rumours surfaced that Liverpool were ready to make a January transfer bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time the Reds have raided the south coast outfit for one of their star players, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane all having made the move from St Mary’s Stadium to Anfield in recent years.
Van Dijk, who only signed a new six-year deal with the Saints earlier this year, has quickly established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and has won more aerial duels (35) than any other defender in the top flight this term, while he is also comfortable bringing the ball out from the back.
But if the 25-year-old were to move on and leave a gaping hole in the Southampton defence, who could they target to replace him?