Liverpool have added £15m to 26-year-old’s transfer fee, claims Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Liverpool's poor defending has added £15m to Virgil van Dijk's price tag

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright believes Liverpool’s hapless defending at Watford will have added more millions to Virgil van Dijk’s price tag.

The Reds came from behind twice to lead 3-2 thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

However, Liverpool conceded a third goal from a dead ball situation as Miguel Britos bundled an equaliser over the line in added time in the English capital.

Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move to sign Netherlands international Van Dijk from Southampton throughout the summer transfer window so far.

However, Liverpool have been clumsy in their pursuit of the 26-year-old and issued a statement apologising to Southampton about chasing Van Dijk.

The Merseyside are now facing competition from title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, while Southampton are determined not to reach a deal with Liverpool.

Former Arsenal striker Wright believes Liverpool’s woeful defending at Watford has added more millions to Van Dijk’s price tag ahead of the new season.

“Southampton were sat there and if they are going to sell them, the interest has zoomed up,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It [Van Dijk’s price] could easily go up £10m or £15m. The way Liverpool defend, they need someone like that in there.”

Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip started at centre-half for the trip to Watford on Saturday.

Liverpool have signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window so far.

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