Manchester City's reported plan if Virgil van Dijk signed for them now looks comical

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was reportedly wanted by Manchester City in 2017.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Manchester City have slipped five points behind Liverpool after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Norwich City, and are already playing a little bit of catch-up.

Hours after Liverpool's 3-1 win over Newcastle United, City slipped up against an injury-hit Norwich side, and Pep Guardiola's defence is being absolutely slated.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were shaky throughout, and Otamendi's bizarre dallying just yards from his own goal resulted in Teemu Pukki scoring Norwich's third and ultimately sealing the win.

 

City look rudderless at the back without the injured Aymeric Laporte, and there will be fears that City are in for a difficult few months without the Frenchman.

Laporte's absence is somewhat comparable to Liverpool losing Virgil van Dijk, and with that in mind, a report from less than two years ago about City's plan for Van Dijk does now look hilarious.

The Telegraph reported that City were losing in on a £60million deal to sign Van Dijk, and were planning to make him their third-choice centre back behind Otamendi and Stones before Guardiola looked to use him as a star in the future.

John Stones reacts toward Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City after a mistake in defence allows Teemu Pukki of Norwich City to score their 3rd goal during the Premier League match between...

Liverpool ended up beating City to Van Dijk's signature just days later, immediately making him the cornerstone of their defence, rather than thinking he would initially be cover – and he took that responsibility perfectly, making him the player and leader he is now with that additional pressure on him.

The sheer thought of playing Otamendi and Stones ahead of Van Dijk will be comical to Liverpool fans now after Saturday's shambolic showing by the City defenders, and they'll just be delighted that Van Dijk picked a move to Anfield in the end, where he certainly won't be playing second fiddle to anybody.

Manchester City's English defender John Stones (R) and Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (L) react after Crystal Palace's first goal during the English Premier League...

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