Sunday 20 August 2017

Virgil van Dijk needs to push for Liverpool move - John Aldridge

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge believes Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk holds all the power as he looks to force through a move to Anfield.

Liverpool were forced to issue an embarrassing apology to Southampton after they tried to set up a deal to sign Dutch centre-back Van Dijk without speaking to Southampton, with the Anfield club vowing to end their interest in the defender.

However, Aldridge believes the £50m transfer could be revived if Van Dijk puts pressure on his club to allow him to leave.

"Tapping up goes on all the time in the game and even if Liverpool went a bit far in their pursuit of Van Dijk before they spoke to Southampton, I don’t believe this transfer story is dead in the water," Aldridge told us.

"Van Dijk needs to make the next move and I reckon he will tell Southampton that he wants out and he wants to go to Liverpool.

"Players and their agents hold all the power these days and if he says he won’t kick another ball for Southampton and demands a move, it will happen.

"I don’t like the way the game has gone in some ways and players can hold clubs to ransom if they want a move and big money offers are coming in, but that's the way of the world now.

"Let’s look at the facts here: Southampton paid £13m for this guy a couple of years ago and they could end up making a profit of around £40m on him.

"I believe Celtic have a sell-on clause in the contract that will give them a handy sum of cash, but Southampton will be in the money and the cash they get from selling Van Dijk could give their new manager a massive transfer kitty to work with.

"So I still see this transfer happening one way or the other, and I certainly hope it does, because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer."

Aldridge admits he is 'concerned' by Liverpool's lack of early success in their transfer trading, with the imminent arrival of Roma winger Mohamed Salah set to be their first big deal of the summer.

"I want to see some proven players arriving at the club and some money being spent because the Champions League play-off games are not far away now," adds Aldridge.

"Liverpool need to get their transfer deals done quickly this summer because there can be no excuses if they are not ready for the start of the season."

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