Liverpool to break club transfer record on defender


Liverpool to break club transfer record on defender

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Liverpool are determined to pay the full asking price for Southampton’s centre-back Virgil van Dijk as interest by the other Premier League clubs for the player intensifies, Liverpool Echo reports.

Southampton are understood to demand around £50 million, a transfer fee which would break Liverpool’s record for most money spent on a player, £35 million for Andy Carroll in 2011.

The Netherlands international has been out of football since January due to a foot injury, but this has not deterred other clubs among which Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton from keeping close tabs on the player's situation.

It is believed Klopp is desperate to bolster his defensive line as Mamadou Sakho is expected to leave Liverpool in the summer.

Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 and hit the ground running in his first Premier League season, convincing the Saints to offer him a new and improved six-year deal in the following year.

The Dutchman’s contract with the Saints currently runs to 2022.

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20