It’s deadline day, and if Liverpool are going to land their number one target, they will have to get cracking.
Following the tapping up debacle earlier this summer, Liverpool have been reluctant to make a strong push for Virgil van Dijk. Despite Van Dijk throwing all his toys out of the pram, Liverpool still haven’t put in an official bid, believing that any additional uninvited pressure could result in sanctions from the FA.
Moreover, Southampton have remained publicly adamant that the defender was not for sale. That stance has not changed, up to and including today. According to the latest from the Daily Mail, they are 99.9% certain of keeping the Dutch defender, and would only consider a “ridiculous” offer.
I’m not sure what constitutes a “ridiculous” offer. The rumored £75 million fee that has floated around in recent weeks—one that would be a record signing for a defender—already seems quite ridiculous.
As of now, it doesn’t look good for Liverpool’s hopes of adding some much-needed steel to their backline. However, things can happen quickly on deadline day, so stay tuned!