5 defenders Liverpool could have signed for less than £75 million
There is this meme on the internet with the face of Jonathan Goldsmith sitting with a bottle of alcohol. The text on the meme reads ‘I don’t always…’ and the rest is added by the meme-maker. So when Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75 million, this meme idea came in my head.
‘I don’t always sign players, but when I do I overspend on decent players.’
This is the story of Liverpool. There is no doubt that van Dijk is a great defender, but signing him for £75 million with the kind of defenders available in the football fraternity raises more than just one eyebrow.
Not only does this further inflate the prices of players in the market, but it also puts pressure on the Dutchman to perform even without playing a single game.
And here I am bringing to you 5 cheaper alternatives that Liverpool could have signed for less than £75m…
#5 Kurt Zouma
It is difficult to see Chelsea selling him, but when someone puts in an offer in excess of £50 million for a defender deemed not good enough for the playing XI just yet, it is hard to resist it. Zouma might now have a future at Chelsea thanks to the severely erratic nature of David Luiz and the continuous decline of captain Gary Cahill, but back in the summer, he was very much buyable.
People might have dubbed him as a Chelsea reject if Liverpool signed him, but his performances this season have given us further proof that he is on his way to becoming the defender that almost everyone expected him to be.
The Frenchman has become an indispensable member of Stoke City, starting 18 league games for them. His ability as a covering defender makes him an asset that would help any team in the world. And his price would have been much less than what Liverpool paid for the Dutchman.