Liverpool boss Klopp had lined up ?65m French defender in case of failure to secure £75m Van Dijk - football

Liverpool boss Klopp had lined up ?65m French defender in case of failure to secure £75m Van Dijk



Liverpool would have made a shock move for a Manchester City man had they failed to land Virgil van Dijk, a report claims.
The Dutch defender was a target for Liverpool last summer and they were hoping to seal a transfer before Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League over an alleged illegal approach of the centre-back.
Jurgen Klopp decided to back off and let the situation calm down before moving for the towering defender again in January and paying a record fee for a defender ? £75million.
According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Klopp had identified Aymeric Laporte as a potential alternative should Liverpool fail to land Virgil van Dijk.
Rivals Man City were also apparently in the running to sign Van Dijk, and Klopp had prepared a backup plan involving the Frenchman, who was still at Bilbao at the time. In the end, City agreed to meet the £57million (?65m) transfer release clause in Laporte?s contract to make the player their most expensive player of all time ? beating the £55million they paid for Kevin De Bruyne in the summer of 2016.
 
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