Liverpool plot double raid on SouthamptonPublished November 22, 2016
Virgil van Dijk and Sam McQueen could become the latest Southampton players to make the well-travelled journey from the south coast to Liverpool, according to reports in today’s papers.
Standout performers for Claude Puel’s Saints so far this season, the pair’s excellent form has alerted Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to their progress, with the German now believed to be mulling over a double bid.
The Daily Star writes that Liverpool chiefs see van Dijk and McQueen as potential solutions to their defensive troubles, and are lining up a £40 million move for the duo.
In the market for a dominating centre-back to solve the Reds’ woes at set-pieces, the Anfield club are believed to have made the outstanding van Dijk a priority for the upcoming transfer window.
Brought in by Ronald Koeman from Celtic in the summer of 2015, the Dutch international has quickly adapted to the rigours of the Premier League, becoming one of the best in his position in the division.
Commanding in the air and a threat in the opposition box, the 25-year-old starred in the Saints’ recent 0-0 draw with Liverpool, and would surely command a fee far in excess of the £10 million Southampton paid for him just over a year ago.
With doubts raised over Alberto Moreno, who has seen his place taken by stand-in full-back James Milner, 21-year-old McQueen is also thought to be on the Merseysiders’ radar.
If we sell McQueen and Van Dijk to Liverpool.... something has to change. No way can that happen. Absolute joke #saintsfc— Jordan Stevens (@JordanStevens92) November 21, 2016
The energetic academy prospect has impressed since his debut for the club against Internazionale at the San Siro, and is considered to be a top prospect in the game.
Given the amount of players that have made the switch from St Mary’s to Anfield in recent years- Sadio Mane the latest among them over the summer- Southampton are almost certain to do everything they can to ensure their prized assets don’t depart this time around.