Rodgers wanted to sign Van Dijk

    Rodgers wasn’t given the thumbs up over Van Dijk

    Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he tried to sign Virgil Van Dijk during his spell in charge at Anfield.

    The Celtic manager claims that the board denied him the opportunity to land the Dutch international and told Rodgers that it wasn’t the right time.

    Van Dijk went on to join Southampton and has become a key player for the Premier League club with growing interest from the leading sides.

    And Rodgers says that he wanted to snap him up when he was at both Groningen and the Scottish champions.

    “Virgil van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to Liverpool.” he told The Evening Standard.

    “When I was at Liverpool I asked about van Dijk and he was at Groningen and then at Celtic.

    “But I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time.

    “Some clubs will want to see the players tested at certain arenas first, but if there is enough belief in the player then that counts.

    “The key for scouting is trying to predict when the player is peaking. You could see with Van Dijk that he was quick, strong, good on the ball and decent in the air.

    “So what more do you need to see? You could see him playing international football and, okay, clubs may want to see him in Champions League.” he finished.

    Liverpool will have to pay upwards of £30m to land the big centre-back this Summer if a move is made.


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