It’s not even January and Liverpool have already burst into the headlines. After several transfer windows filled with rumors that Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk would leave Southampton, he finally has left and joined none other than Liverpool.
Signing Van Dijk cost Liverpool £75 million, which set the record for the most expensive defender of all time surpassing the previous record set when Manchester City signed Kyle Walker last summer for £53 million.
Currently Liverpool are alive thanks to their attack composed of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and the Egyptian magician Mohamed Salah. Every attacker plays a pivotal role in the teams offense with Firmino playing as the main striker, Coutinho playing behind him as the playmaker and engine of the team whilst Salah and Mané exploit the wings wreaking havoc for defenders with their pace and lethal counter attacks.
As deadly and powerful their attack can be, their defense in contrast is in complete shambles. Dejan Lovren has not performed well at all this season and the same can be said about Ragnar Klavan. Liverpool are conceding a great amount of goals this season and they clearly needed to bring in a great defender to fix the broken defense that has been costing them big results.
The addition of Van Dijk to the squad will hopefully boost the teams fragile defensive performances and hopefully secure a top 4 place at the end of the season. Currently Liverpool are in 4th place, just 1 point above Tottenham Hotspur. While Van Dijk’s arrival is great news for Liverpool, it’s still not enough. They need depth, and relying on just one signing will only weaken them and hurt them along the way. If they do not add another decent defender by the end of the transfer window, Liverpool may finish out of the top 4 and have to settle for the Europa League, when they clearly have the desire and talent to play in the Champions League.
SOURCE: BBC Sports