Liverpool to splash cash in January as Jurgen Klopp targets Southampton ace Virgil van Dijk

Long-time target could finally move to Anfield after Liverpool CEO Peter Moore makes transfer pledge.

Liverpool chief Peter Moore insists the club’s owners are ready to splash the cash in the January transfer market.

It means Jurgen Klopp may finally get his hands on Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk.

You never know but Liverpool could soon be getting their hands on Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool fans, not to mention Klopp, will be delighted at the news.

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For in his two January transfer windows to date, Klopp has managed only to bring in Steven Caulker to go immediately go into the first team.

Van Dijk, like Caulker, is a central defender – and a much vaunted one.

The Dutchman lost the chance to move to Anfield in the summer after Liverpool were forced to apologise to Southampton for making an illegal approach.

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Dutchman Van Dijk has long been a top target for Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp

Klopp will be delighted to hear of the FSG group’s transfer plans

Manchester City are also thought to be interested.

Now he could soon be clear to join a posse of players – Ricky Lambert, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren amongst them – who have fled the Saints for the Merseyside club.

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Moore told Sky Sports the club continues to look for deals to bolster the squad in the New Year and defended the Liverpool owner’s FSG to transfers.

“The chemistry we bring on to the field isn’t about buying the most expensive players,” he said.

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“We haven’t been shy, people look at the Mohamed Salah acquisition as the best one of the summer and we’re already bringing in Naby Keita next summer [from RB Leipzig].

“That money has been spent, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also been brought in.

“The investments are being made and it’s hard to knock what you’re seeing on the field now and say ‘oh you should be spending more money.’

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“What I will say, because I know you are leading up to the question about January, the club continues to look at acquisitions that will strengthen the squad.

“When I look back at what this squad looked like back in 2010 when FSG acquired it and where we are today, particularly the bench, I think the squad is in great shape…

“Even when I look at the bench.”