By Emma Sanders
Liverpool are plotting a mammoth £40 million bid to bring Southampton duo Virgil Van Dijk and Sam McQueen to Anfield in January, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim Jurgen Klopp has his eyes set on the defensive duo to help improve Liverpool’s back-line and is prepared to offer the Saints £40million for the two players.
Van Dijk was the stand-out performer as his side held Liverpool to a goalless draw in the Premier League at St Marys on Saturday and it has heightened speculation the centre-back is a target of Klopp’s for the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old signed a new six-year deal with Southampton in the summer and Liverpool would likely have to offer a large sum to take him up north.
He has become an important member of the first team and would be a huge loss to Claude Puel’s side should he jump ship and join Klopp in the next transfer window.
Also on Klopp’s radar is promising academy talent McQueen, who could be the answer to Liverpool’s struggling left-back position, which has been filled by James Milner for the majority of the 2016-17 campaign.
The Liverpool vice-captain has done a good job as a whole but Klopp is still keen to bring in some young talent and sees McQueen as a great prospect.
The 21-year-old made his Premier League debut for Southampton during their 3-1 victory against Burnley last month and has gone on to make a further five appearances for the first team.
Liverpool are preparing to make a bid for the youngster, alongside Van Dijk in January, with his contract expected to run out at the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
Van Dijk certainly showed his quality in Saturday’s 0-0 draw and he would be a sure starter in Liverpool’s defence, alongside Joel Matip, if he were to join. The Reds have the potential to offer Champions League football as well as the prospect of silverware so Van Dijk may be tempted to join the Klopp revolution. However, he has pledged his long-term career to Southampton, who are an ever-improving side, and it would take a huge sum of money to prise him away from St Mary’s Stadium. By contrast, McQueen is a very realistic target and it would be a fantastic move for the youngster, given the availability of the left-back role at Liverpool.
In other Liverpool news, fans have voted in a Twitter poll on who they think should replace Sadio Mane in January.