BBC pundit claims Southampton's Virgil van Dijk wants Liverpool move

Ex Celtic player Chris Sutton at Hampden Park before the Betfred Cup Semi-Final between Hibernian and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Southampton defender is a reported transfer target for Liverpool.

Tinchy Stryder, Simon Webbe, guest, Anthony Costa and Chris Sutton at the inaugural Facebook Football Awards on May 26, 2015 in London, England.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton urged the Reds to go out and make a deal for Saints centre-back Virgil van Dijk happen in January, when speaking for the BBC's Match of the Day extra Q&A session.

Liverpool have been extremely impressive going forward this season, but their weak-link is obvious to see, with the 17 goals that they have conceded being the highest tally out of all of the teams currently inside the top eight of the division.

Jürgen Klopp was desperate to land Southampton's Dutch ace in the summer, but failed to get a deal for the 26-year-old over the line before the transfer window slammed shut.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016...

The Merseyside outfit comfortably swept aside the south coast outfit yesterday, with Van Dijk looking far from his best, but Sutton insisted that the former Celtic star could be the missing link for Klopp's side.

The 44-year-old spoke for the BBC's Match of the Day extra Q&A session last night, claiming it will be essential for the Reds to add a player of the Dutchman's ilk to their squad in January:

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton applauds supporters after his side's 1-2 defeat in the Premier League match between Stoke City and Southampton at Bet365 Stadium on September 30, 2017 in...

"I think it’s essential that Liverpool strengthen in January, defensively. It was a good, solid performance, good win yesterday. It didn’t happen in the summer. I think Virgil van Dijk wants it to happen. It would seem to be the sensible option. Liverpool need to strengthen defensively and they need to get that one over the line."

According to Yahoo Sport, it would take £70 million to prise Van Dijk away from St Mary's, and if Liverpool truly want to contend for major honours, they will have to start acting like a big club, and part with some serious cash.

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