In Focus: Virgil van Dijk would add defensive stability Liverpool need

As reported by The Times, Liverpool are prioritising a shake-up of their defence this summer after putting Virgil van Dijk at the top of their wish-list.

What’s the story

Even though he’s been out injured for 3 months, Van Dijk can’t stop hitting the headlines and the defender is at the centre of another massive transfer rumour this weekend.

The Times reckon Jurgen Klopp has made the Dutchman his first choice in terms of defensive reinforcements, despite a £50m price tag.

Van Dijk has been at the centre of intense speculation this season, with almost every top seven side in England linked with him at one point or another.

A move for the Southampton man would be part of an ambitious transfer window, say The Times, with Liverpool also targeting in-form RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Title winning stars?

Given Liverpool’s defensive problems this season, a move for Virgil van Dijk could add the stability they need in the backline to make them a real force next season.

Before his ankle injury in January, Van Dijk was arguably the most impressive defender in the Premier League season. He helped Southampton an incredible 12 clean sheets in half a season.

The Reds also need more defensive prowess in the middle of the park too and that’s where Naby Keita comes in. The Guinean international has excelled in the Bundesliga for Leipzig this season and could add real energy and the defensive skills required to stop opponents bypassing an often absent midfield.

If the reported moves come off, they could be the difference between top four contenders to outright title contenders late into the season.