Jamie Carragher explains why 26-year-old should move to Liverpool ahead of Chelsea
The Liverpool legend believes Virgil van Dijk should move to Anfield ahead of Premier League champions Chelsea
Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk should move to Liverpool ahead of Chelsea this summer.
The Netherlands international’s future has been a source of relentless speculation and there are no signs of the 26-year-old’s transfer saga being resolved in the near future.
Liverpool were heavily linked with a move to sign the Dutch centre-half earlier this summer before the Reds were forced to issue a statement apologising for their pursuit of Van Dijk.
Van Dijk has been training away from his Southampton team-mates throughout most of pre-season after his manager Manuel Pellegrino decided that the defender wasn’t in the right head space.
However, the Southampton captain looked to force the issue on Tuesday when Van Dijk handed in a transfer request at the south coast club.
Premier League champions Chelsea have also been linked with a move to sign the centre-half in the current transfer window.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Van Dijk would be best-served moving to Liverpool given the competition for places at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea have been more successful than Liverpool. They are champions and there is the London pull,” Carragher told The Debate on Sky Sports on Monday night.
“Chelsea are a better team than Liverpool right now, no doubt about it. The way Chelsea are set up, I see Van Dijk would be the centre man. Luiz was so successful there last year.
“If he can go to Liverpool and be the man. Help them win trophies. Can he be part of something that starts under Klopp.”
Liverpool have only signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City left-back Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window so far.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have added Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata to their squad.