Liverpool could lose Virgil van Dijk in the future if the club misses out on Champions League glory again, BBC pundit, Garth Cooks states.
Jurgen Klopp’s men had no trouble scoring goals last season but they were particularly poor at defending their own. It was the decision to splash a significant amount of Philippe Coutinho’s sale money on the Dutchman that ultimately changed it all for the Reds.
The 27-year-old arrived at Anfield and immediately turned Liverpool into silverware contenders. It followed with two trips to the Champions League final and also a highly competitive Premier League title challenge against a ridiculously talented Manchester City side.
After 18 months of brilliance at Merseyside, many believe that van Dijk might just be the best defender on the planet right now. He certainly backed up those claims by winning the PFA Player of the Year award this season.
“I have almost run out of superlatives to describe Virgil van Dijk’s performances this season – he has featured in my team of the week more than any other player,” Cooks said. “What the Dutch international has brought to Liverpool’s defence is almost unquantifiable.
“I do feel, however, that if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, and that is by no means certain, it may hasten Van Dijk’s departure. Players of his class need to be playing for the best team in the world.”