According to a growing number of reports in England this afternoon, Premier League giants Liverpool will not attempt to sign another defender this summer, should they fail in their pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk.
The story surrounding the future of talented Saints stopper Van Dijk has been one of the talking points of the summer transfer market, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal having all expressed an interest in his services.
Despite the Dutch international having handed in a transfer request at St. Mary’s, the Southampton board have remained hard-headed when it comes to their crown jewel’s departure, demanding a fee in the region of £60 million.
Of all of the clubs to have made an approach for Van Dijk this summer, Liverpool have been the most widely-covered, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having been reported to the FA for an illegal approach for the 26-year-old in June.
And, as per a multitude of reports in the English media this afternoon, Van Dijk is the Reds’ sole defensive target ahead of the close of the transfer market next week, with the Anfield club’s board ready to pull out all the stops for his signature.
However, if they fail to land the towering stopper, Klopp will make do with the current defensive options at his disposal on Merseyside.