Around this time last year, Southampton left Liverpool with egg on their face after the Merseysiders were forced into issuing a humiliating public apology over their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool walked away from the deal last summer and waited for Southampton to make him available to make their move.
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t do Plan B. If he has identified a player he wants to sign, it’s that player itself or nobody else. He is happy with his team but he doesn’t do alternatives.
He waited a year for Naby Keita and until Christmas last year for Virgil van Dijk. In the first 8 months as a Red, it can be argued that the Dutch skipper has already repaid his world record fee. Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville deem him one of the best in the world, he is definitely one of the best in the league and he is the best Liverpool have had since Sami Hypia in the early 2000s.