Sky Sports pundit salutes ‘very special’ Liverpool FC star
Graeme Souness is still surprised Liverpool FC didn't face more competition for Virgil van Dijk signing
Graeme Souness says he is surprised FC Barcelona or Real Madrid didn’t rival Liverpool FC for the signing of Virgil van Dijk..
The Reds were forced to wait an extra six months after Southampton rejected Liverpool FC’s approach in the 2017 summer transfer window and threatened to report the club to the FA.
However, Liverpool FC finally got their top defensive target in January 2018 when the Merseyside outfit agreed to pay a world-record fee for the defender.
The 18-time English champions initially attracted some criticism for their willingness to spend £75m on Van Dijk given his limited experience at a Champions League club.
However, the former Celtic defender wasted no time having an impact on Jurgen Klopp’s defence, which he has helped to transform into one of the best in the Premier League.
Liverpool FC have only conceded 15 times in 29 games in the Premier League this season, while Van Dijk has helped his number one Alisson Becker to keep 17 clean sheets.
Former Liverpool FC captain Souness admitted that he still can’t believe Klopp didn’t face more competition for Van Dijk’s signature.
“In a lot of games this year, he has made such a difference to them,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“You can say one player doesn’t make a difference, but I think when you are that good, you are an exception. He would be the outstanding centre-half around right now.
“When Liverpool went for him in the beginning, Southampton said no and six months later he did join them, I thought that in those six months, they had alerted Real Madrid and Barcelona and I expected Liverpool to get gazumped.
“He is a very special player. When you look at the age of the back four and the goalkeeper, that’s a really, really encouraging sign for Liverpool. That’s a back five that could play for a decade together.”
Liverpool FC are in second place and a point adrift of defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Reds will welcome Burnley to Anfield in their next Premier League game on Sunday.