Matt Le Tissier Beautifully Sums Up Liverpool's Problem In The Transfer Market

Matt Le Tissier Beautifully Sums Up Liverpool's Problem In The Transfer Market

Jurgen Klopp sees the £60million-rated Dutchman as the ideal fit and is ready to make a bid, reports the Liverpool Echo.

For the past few seasons Liverpool have pillaged Southampton for their best players only to find themselves in hot water this summer when the Saints reported them following their unauthorised approach for Virgil Van Dijk.

The Reds' pursuit of Van Dijk has been one of the longest-running transfer sagas in recent memory, with Jurgen Klopp pencilling in the Dutchman as his ideal signing at centre-back.

Van Dijk is still understood to be keen to move on, but Liverpool have to tread carefully, while Manchester City have been put off by the Saints' £60million valuation.

The irony is that Liverpool have direct experience of this: a glum Luis Suarez trained by himself in 2013 to try and force a move to Arsenal, before hanging around for a year to earn a move to Barcelona, acting on advice from Steven Gerrard.

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"The boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave", he said.

The Reds have been chasing the 22-year-old all summer but Leipzig have stood firm and insist they won't cash-in at any price after rejecting Liverpool's previous two offers.

The Independent says Liverpool's final offer will be £75m with £40m paid up front and Keita is desperate to secure a move to Anfield so it seems like only a matter of time before a deal is agreed.

How could Liverpool line up next season?

Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk is the transfer story which refuses to go away.