Neil Warnock says he would buy Virgil van Dijk for £200million.
The Liverpool defender, who joined the club for £75million from Southampton in January 2018, has been a driving force in the Reds’ dominant Premier League campaign, which sees them 22 points clear of reigning champions Man City.
No team has conceded fewer league goals than Liverpool (20) this season and that has largely been down to Van Dijk.
And he seems to have won over former Cardiff boss Warnock, who once said Sol Bamba was a better defender than the Dutchman.
Van Dijk and Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season, a 3-0 loss to Watford, when they host Bournemouth on Saturday, LIVE on talkSPORT.
When discussing Liverpool’s defence, Warnock told talkSPORT: “[Dejan] Lovren, he wouldn’t get in my team.
“I look at what they’ve done, if they’ve got [Joe] Gomez alongside Van Dijk, they’ll be okay, they’ll start winning again because Gomez makes such a difference with his pace.
“It’s like Man City, I still think Man City are the best. If they got a Van Dijk, I wouldn’t sign anyone else. I’d spend £200million on Van Dijk.
“If they had a Van Dijk in their team, they’d be 10 points in front. I don’t think there’s that much wrong with Man City other than a centre-half like that.
“It’s going to be interesting. Liverpool need to win [against Bournemouth]and then have that bit of confidence and then hope they get through against Atletico [Madrid in the Champions League].”