Jamie Carragher has suggested that Liverpool should consider signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit have made a solid start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign after Jurgen Klopp made seven signings in the summer.
However, the Liverpool defence has been heavily criticised in the current campaign after conceding 21 times in 18 Premier League games.
Southampton, on the other hand, have the fifth-best defensive record in the English top flight this term behind Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Netherlands international Van Dijk has been a key reason behind the success of the Southampton defence which has inevitably led to speculation linking the centre-half with a January move.
Writing in his Daily Mail column ahead of Liverpool’s home clash against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, Carragher singled out Van Dijk as a player who could improve Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
“Would he or the board ever be willing to fight Manchester City or Chelsea for the £40m signature of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk?” Carragher told The Daily Mail.
“Klopp said he won’t buy someone simply for January but for future seasons and he’s right. But if he wants someone next month he has to be backed, as the stakes could get very big for Liverpool in 2017.”
Liverpool started the weekend in second place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea.