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Liverpool transfer news: Virgil van Dijk club-record £50million bid lined up by Jurgen Klopp

Southampton centre-back also wanted by likes of Chelsea and Arsenal but could find himself heading to Anfield instead

LIVERPOOL are reportedly ready to break the bank for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk with a club-record £50million bid this summer.

The Dutch ace has blossomed into one of the Premier League’s top centre-backs following his £13m move from Celtic in 2015.

Liverpool are ready to make a club-record £50million bid for Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool are ready to make a club-record £50million bid for Virgil van Dijk

And the Liverpool Echo claims Jurgen Klopp will pull out all the stops to bring Van Dijk to Anfield, with the German boss more than happy to meet Southampton’s £50m price-tag.


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That figure would shatter the £35m Liverpool spent to sign Andy Carroll from Newcastle in 2011.

But Klopp knows he must act fast to see off the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton.

The Southampton star is also wanted by the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal

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The Southampton star is also wanted by the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal
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Jurgen Klopp knows he must sort out his teams defensive frailties

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Jurgen Klopp knows he must sort out his team's defensive frailties

Van Dijk would surely provide the defensive steel Liverpool fans have been craving all season, with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip yet to forge a reliable partnership.

The Reds are the league’s highest scorers but have conceded a whopping 42 goals – more than any other team in the top seven.

The likes of Dejan Lovren are still struggling at Anfield

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The likes of Dejan Lovren are still struggling at Anfield

Mamadou Sakho could fetch as much as £30m when he leaves Liverpool

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Mamadou Sakho could fetch as much as £30m when he leaves Liverpool

And after slipping 12 points behind leaders Chelsea in the title race, Klopp knows he must dig deep in order to challenge effectively in the next campaign.

But a large part of Van Dijk’s £50m fee will be offset by the departure of Mamadou Sakho, who could fetch as much as £30m following his excellent performances for Crystal Palace.