Jamie Carragher: Liverpool can still sign top 26-year-old in club-record deal

The Liverpool legend believes a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton remains a real possibility this summer

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Jamie Carragher is adamant Liverpool could still complete a £60m deal to sign Virgil van Dijk this summer.

The Netherlands international’s future has been a source of relentless debate in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool were thought to be on the brink of securing a deal to sign the Dutch centre-half in June.

However, the Reds were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton over their pursuit of the 26-year-old.

The Merseyside outfit officially ended their interest in Van Dijk in their carefully worded statement.

But the Van Dijk saga took a fresh twist on Monday after the former Celtic man handed in a transfer request.

Premier League champions Chelsea have also been linked with a deal to sign the Netherlands star before deadline day.

But Liverpool legend Carragher is still confident that Jurgen Klopp can secure a deal to sign Van Dijk despite his inflated transfer fee.

“I think the owners will spend £50m-£60m if Van Dijk becomes available, they would have paid £60m-£70m had Keita been available,” Carragher told The Debate on Sky Sports on Monday night.

Liverpool spent a club-record £39m transfer fee to sign former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah from Serie A giants AS Roma last month.

The Reds have also signed Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City full-back Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.

Klopp’s side finished in fourth place to secure a return to the Champions League in the 2017-18 season.

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