Liverpool Football Club has been the most active club in the transfer market. The list of potential transfers includes Asensio, Douglas Costa, Isco, Hart, Casillas, Ryan Sessegnon. With the devastating attack and midfield to match that, the only chink in the Liverpool's battering ram is their defense. The analogy of an AK 47 vs a water gun won't be far away from actually portraying the actual dissimilarities between attack and defense.
While Liverpool were devastating teams with their frenetic pace and penetration, their defense let them down time and time again conceding silly goals and making fool of their manager, Mignolet, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno all have to share the blame for the horrendous defensive performances they've put in the 2016-17 season and they almost let their entire fanbase down. Thanks to their defense, their goal difference was catchable to say the least, and Arsenal of all teams could've caught them if not for their final day win at Anfield.
To address the defensive woes, Klopp has targeted Van Dijk for quite some time but now news is emerging that Liverpool has raced ahead. Scroll down to know more
With the win on the final day, Liverpool clinched their qualification for Champions League in what was only the second time in 8 years. Klopp's experience with Borussia Dortmund with his high octane and passionate playing style certainly caught the eye and he'll be looking to match if not better his exploits with the German club.
Gone are the days when Carragher used to be the defensive kingpin, wearing Liverpool's red, preferring bleeding to death than conceding a goal. Skrtel and Agger for quite some time carried the baton but this Liverpool defense according to Carragher himself is embarrassing to watch. Klopp would be looking to restore that defensive glory, to say the least.
With great reading of the game, great pace, tackling and ariel ability, combined that with an occasional eye for a 40 yard Hollywood pass, Van Dijk isn't quite far away from what Carragher used to be in his prime. Liverpool can certainly do with the kind of ability next season with Europe on the horizon.
Liverpool are ready to make Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world as they are prepared to splash £60m for his services such is Klopp's desperation. According to reports, it seems that Van Dijk prefers a move to Liverpool over that of Rivals Chelsea and Manchester City as the prospect of teaming up with Klopp is an enticing one.
Liverpool are ready to table £60m for him and match whatever wage the other two clubs offer him. Although it remains to be seen how Conte and Guardiola would approach this.