Rio Ferdinand tells Jurgen Klopp he’s made a big Liverpool FC mistake

Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool FC should have done more to try and sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Rio Ferdinand believes that Jurgen Klopp has made a big mistake by not signing Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the Netherlands defender early on in the summer and the Merseyside outfit were thought to be close to agreeing a deal for the centre-half.

However, in an embarrassing twist, Liverpool were forced to withdraw their interest in the player and issue a public apology after they were accused of making an alleged illegal approach by Southampton.

Klopp opted not to bring in a new centre-half and he sanctioned the sale of Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace.

Liverpool have been criticised for their shaky defensive performances this season, with the Reds having conceded 11 goals in six Premier League games.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes that Liverpool should have done whatever was needed to try and bring Van Dijk to Anfield in the summer.

Speaking on BT Sport on Saturday, Ferdinand said: “Virgil van Dijk would have improved this team no end because he would have been the dominant centre-half.

“Alongside Joel Matip, it would have been a good partnership.”

Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday night when they travel to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow.

The Reds are looking for their first group stage win of the season after their 2-2 draw with Sevilla at Anfield earlier this month.

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