The Reds were heavily linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international last summer but Liverpool FC were forced to end their interest after the Saints threatened to report their Premier League rivals for an alleged tapping up.
However, Manchester City did seize the initiative despite being linked with a host of defenders, including former Manchester United star Jonny Evans ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Liverpool FC finally landed their top target at the start of the January transfer window after the Merseyside outfit paid a world record fee for a defender – £75m – to secure Van Dijk’s signature.
Manchester City, meanwhile, made Aymeric Laporte their record signing following a staggering £60m swoop for the Athletic Bilbao defender to further bolster Pep Guardiola’s back four.
Van Dijk played a vital role in Liverpool FC’s 5-1 win against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals to set up a last-four meeting with Serie A giants AS Roma for place in the final.
Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp expressed his surprise that Manchester City didn’t rival the Reds for Van Dijk’s signature.
“Once that transfer window opens, I’m sure he’ll [Pep] look at strengthening his defence,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“Virgil van Dijk was a great signing for Liverpool and I was surprised City didn’t make more of an effort to get him.”
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