Jamie Redknapp backs Liverpool to get Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.

Jamie Redknapp backs the Southampton man to join Liverpool ahead of Chelsea.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Daily Mail that he believes Virgil van Dijk would join Liverpool over Chelsea if he had the choice between both clubs.

The 26-year-old Southampton defender has been the subject of mass speculation for the whole summer.

Van Dijk, valued at around £50 million by Southampton, handed in a transfer request earlier this week in a move which appeared to boost Liverpool and Chelsea's hopes of signing him, according to The Telegraph.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.

And although Redknapp admits he can't wait to see where the big Dutch centre-back goes, the former Reds midfielder believes he would punt for a switch to Anfield over anywhere else.

"This will be a massive year for Van Dijk. He is the heir to Vincent Kompany as the Premier League’s best centre back and the time is right for him to leave Southampton," he told The Mail.

"Chelsea and Liverpool are in the hunt for him and while I think he’ll choose Anfield, I can’t wait to see where he goes.

"If Liverpool do sign him and manage to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp’s side would have a great chance of winning the title."

Jurgen Klopp's side kick off their Premier League campaign on Saturday by visiting Watford, but Redknapp is right.

Signing Van Dijk and keeping Coutinho would be huge for Liverpool's title challenge, but it remains to be seen whether either transfer saga works out in their favour.

An injured Virgil van Dijk of Southampton leaves the ptich during the Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Southampton,...

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