Lawrenson expects Van Dijk deal

    Lawrenson has backed Liverpool to sign Van Dijk from Southampton

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has backed the club to land Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.

    The ex-Republic of Ireland international believes that the Holland international will “end up” at Anfield after being chased by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp since the end of last season.

    “I think they will end up getting Van Dijk.” he told BBC Sport.

    “I have no inside knowledge but it would appear he wants to come to Liverpool.

    “He brings quality, can play from the back, which is great, and with four centre-backs – Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan – it brings competition for places.

    “Bringing in a quality player improves the games of the players around them. It keeps everyone on their toes.

    “If you know you are going to play in week in, week out it is never quite the same.

    “If you turn up on Friday and think ‘I didn’t play very well last week, am I going to play?’ it is completely different.” he finished.

    Liverpool supporters will be hoping that he is correct and that the Dutchman will complete his move this month.



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