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?
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