Steven Gerrard Says Liverpool Should Have Signed Van Dijk When He Was at Celtic

Steven Gerrard Says Liverpool Should Have Signed Van Dijk When He Was at Celtic

Liverpool should have signed Virgil van Dijk several years ago when he was still a Celtic player, according to Reds legend Steven Gerrard.

After representing the Hoops in the Champions League and Europa League, as well as winning titles domestically, the Dutch centre-back has enjoyed an outstanding two seasons at Southampton since leaving Glasgow for £13 million, and is now said to be on the brink of a transfer worth in excess of £50 million to Anfield.

At 25, van Dijk is the perfect age for such a big move, but Gerrard reckons his former team have missed the boat somewhat, and could have saved a lot of money by signing him from the Scottish champions.

Speaking via the Daily Record, Gerrard praised van Dijk, saying:

“I’d love to see him in a red shirt. I’m a huge fan.

“I thought he was fantastic at Celtic and I thought we should have had a go for him back then.”

If van Dijk does make the move to Liverpool for the fees being mentioned, he’ll become the most expensive defender of all-time – surely it would have made a lot more sense to have taken a punt on him for £40 million less from Celtic.

What do you think of Gerrard’s comments? And is it about time English teams in the Premier League paid a bit more respect to players in Scotland?

What do you think?

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