English Premiership

Gerrard: Reds should've signed Van Dijk from Celtic

Virgil van Dijk (Getty Images)
Virgil van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is delighted that the Reds are pursuing Virgil van Dijk, but believes it's regrettable that they didn't sign him from Celtic.

Van Dijk played a vital role for Celtic in his last season at the club as they went on to win the Scottish Premiership, and was soon snapped up by Southampton in September 2015.

Gerrard retired from Liverpool a few months before the centre-back's move to the Saints, and he has revealed that he wanted the Reds to sign Van Dijk back then.

Gerrard said, according to HITC: “I’d love to see him in a red shirt. I’m a huge fan.

"I thought he was fantastic at Celtic and I thought we should have had a go for him back then.

“It will cost us a few more quid but I think he is a piece of the jigsaw that would be very welcome and very big for this team.”

Liverpool are now expected to have to fork out around £60 million for the highly sought after defender.