Ian Wright: Where Liverpool FC went wrong with Virgil van Dijk in the summer

The Arsenal legend believes Liverpool FC should have had four or five alternatives to Virgil van Dijk in the summer

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

Ian Wright has once again questioned why Liverpool didn’t have an alternative to Virgil van Dijk in the summer.

The Reds were heavily linked with a move to sign the Southampton club captain in the recent transfer window.

However, Liverpool were unable to get a deal over the line for the Netherlands international.

Indeed, the Merseyside outfit were forced to issue an apology to the Saints over their pursuit of Van Dijk.

While Liverpool ended their interest in Van Dijk, the stylish centre-half continued to be linked with a move to Anfield.

The 26-year-old even handed in a transfer request but a deal failed to come to fruition despite Van Dijk handing in a transfer request.

Liverpool failed to recruit a central defender and the Reds have already conceded 16 times in 10 games in the Premier League this season.

Former Arsenal legend Wright questioned why Klopp didn’t have more potential signings to improve his centre-half options.

“The Van Dijk situation. There was no back up. He should have four or five to go for,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If you get number three, you go back and get Van Dijk in January or the summer. At least they would have had something.”

Liverpool were 3-0 winners against promoted side Huddersfield Town in the Premier League last weekend.

The Reds have conceded 15 times in five games on the road this term.

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