The Southampton to Liverpool production line appears to still be in full working order, with betting company, Ladbrokes, suspending betting on the Dutchman moving to Anfield.
It’s a well trodden path, with varying degrees of success, from Rickie Lambert to Adam Lallana ditching the South Coast for Merseyside.
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) June 5, 2017
van Dijk was linked with Arsenal, prior to his move from Celtic to Southampton, with the bigger boys of England’s top flight, perhaps scarred from the many other players to look world-class in the SPL, only to sink without a trace when moving to the Premier League.
The former Hoops centre-back only joined Southampton on the summer Deadline Day of 2015, but two seasons of assured, confident and talismanic performances has brought about continual rumours of a move to a top six side.
Manchester City, until Ladbrokes’ decision to suspend betting on a Reds move, had been deemed favourites for van Dijk’s signature.
The 25-year-old defender possesses all the attributes managers like Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola want to see in their players: calm on the ball and tidy in possession – we can’t be far from Pep fielding a team of XI David Silvas.
Comparisons to John Stones’ transfer to the Citizens from Everton, last summer, are obvious to make. But you have to assume, that had Stones not been a Toffee, that Jurgen Klopp would’ve been sniffing around the potential signing of the England international.
— SR Analysis (@SRAnalysis) June 5, 2017
With Claude Puel having left St Mary’s by mutual consent, and the Saints’ star defender on his way, it looks like Louis van Gaal is going to have a tough start to life on the South Coast.