Liverpool are preparing to face Manchester City in the transfer market, as both sides go head to head in a race to land Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds were close to getting him in the summer, but the Saints dug in and made it clear they were not willing to sell the centre back, something that had a huge effect on Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s transfer plans, not to mention the form of the player himself, given he clearly wanted to leave.
Now, the Liverpool Echo report that the defender is still set on leaving the club and wants to make the move once the transfer window opens this winter – and that Liverpool will face competition for him in the form of Manchester City, who already sit 11 points clear in the Premier League and are facing a kind draw against Basel in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
Despite that, Pep Guardiola wants to make his team even better and knows that Van Dijk not only fits his style of play, but can also provide injury cover and add strength and depth to his squad.
Of course, Manchester City are the standout team this season, and adding even more quality to their ranks will only make it even harder for teams to catch them, both in Europe and domestically.
Manchester United and Chelsea are both thought to be keen on entering the transfer market for that reason, and while 11 points is a huge gap at the top of the table, both sides know they simply have to finish in the top four and put in good performances in the latter stages of the Champions League – and stop Manchester City making it anymore of a procession to the title than they already have given how embarrassing it’s already becoming for the rest of the Premier League this season.