Former Dutch star urges Liverpool to partner Van Dijk & De Ligt
It's been a rather rough few months with injury for the team, with a number of important first teamers out with injury and suspension, particularly on the defensive side.
With the Reds being in Marbella at the moment for a training camp, it's become clear that Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren won't be back for some time after having been left at home. Whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold is still working his way back after a brief cameo at home to Bournemouth last Saturday.
With Van Dijk banned for the first leg against Bayern Munich next Tuesday, it's becoming ever more clear to fans that the team' four centre backs cannot be fully relied upon to stay fit for a full season. It surely must be dawning on Jurgen Klopp as well.
So it almost seems fitting that former Dutch international Rene van der Gijp has been urging Liverpool to sign Dutch starlet Matthijs De Ligt and partner him with Virgil Van Dijk.
The Ajax centre back is still just 19 years old but is likely to cost upwards of £75 million for anyone planning to try and sign him this summer.
He's so highly thought of that Ajax are already resigned to losing him and actually see it as a crucial part of his development that he does leave. Having played almost 100 games for the Dutch side and 13 times for his country, the youngster is already vastly experienced and would be a great fit for most top sides.
Van der Gijp, on the subject, of the player playing alongside Van Dijk for club and country said: "It would be great for Dutch football if those two defenders can play alongside each other for five to six years.
"Then you are getting the best centre-back pairing in Europe."
Rene van der Gijp was speaking to Voetbal Primeur.