By Danny Wright
TalkSport pundit Mick Quinn has claimed that Liverpool could win their first Premier League title if they managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho and sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
Catalan newspaper SPORT has claimed that Barcelona have agreed personal terms with the Brazilian playmaker, who is said to have decided that he wants to move to the Nou Camp this summer.
However the Express has since reported that the Reds have turned down a bid of £72million for Coutinho, who Quinn believes is pivotal to the side’s chances in the league next season.
Southampton defender van Dijk is also someone that former Everton and Newcastle striker Quinn believes could be a huge addition to the Liverpool squad and will sort out their ailing defence.
“[Sadio] Mane’s back fit, they’ve signed [Mohamed] Salah, they’re playing lovely football where they left off last season. I think they’ll be a title challenger and I think if they get van Dijk and keep Coutinho, they could even with the league,” said Quinn to TalkSport, as shown in a video on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account on Tuesday morning.
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 1, 2017
The Liverpool Echo has reported that van Dijk is set to hold crunch talks with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino this week in light of interest from the Reds.
It’s been an on-going transfer saga for almost the entire summer, but Jurgen Klopp now has less that two weeks before the Premier League season kicks off if he wants to bag the Dutch international by then.
Liverpool are also preparing for life back in the Champions League after finishing in fourth position last season.
As well as Salah, the Merseysiders have managed to bring in Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson while their only first-team player to leave has been Lucas Leiva, who has signed for Lazio.
In other Liverpool news, this versatile Reds ace has completed a move to a top-flight club.