Brendan Rodgers has disclosed that the Liverpool scouting pool passed on the opportunity to sign Southampton star Virgil Van Dijk.
Rodgers: “The key for scouting is trying to predict when the player is peaking. You could see with Van Dijk he was very quick and strong.”
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One of the highly sought after Center-Backs in Europe, Virgil Van Dijk was heavily linked with the Reds in January. Van Dijk is rumored to have a £40m buyout clause in his contract. The former Groningen and Celtic defender was handed the captain’s armband by Claude Puel following Fonte’s departure. Van Dijk signed a 6-year deal in 2016 and Puel remains confident of not losing his skipper in the summer.
Brendan admired Van Dijk’s abilities while he was playing in Holland and Scotland. Rodgers said, “You could see with Van Dijk that he was quick, strong, good on the ball and decent in the air.”
Brendan Rodger’s said he could have landed the Dutchman had he got his wish fulfilled back in the days. The Northern Irishman said, “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.”
Rodger’s joined Scottish side Celtic after being sacked by Liverpool and has already won the Scottish League Cup this season. Celtic are currently leading the league table by 27 points and are set to be crowned Scottish Champions for the 6th time in a row.