Virgil van Dijk is hopeful Liverpool can sign some “more quality additions” this summer after the signing of Alexis Mac Allister, in order for the Reds to get back where they “seek to be”.
Liverpool’s season did not particularly go as planned. Having finished one point within title winners Manchester City the season before, the Reds would have expected to continue flying high this term.
However, things didn’t pan out that way for them. For a good chunk of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side remained at the mid-table, due to a string of poor results, which were not helped by injuries.
While they did manage to turn things around and ended in fifth place, that was their worst finish in seven years. The poor periods have prompted the Reds to look at making a few improvements to the team.
That seems to have started with the midfield – the area which came under most scrutiny, with the need to recruit in the position made even more apparent due to the departures of James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The summer has started well in terms of midfield recruitment. Indeed, the Reds signed World Cup-winning Brighton midfielder Mac Allister for the bargain price of £35million.
They also have a number of other players, both in that position and others, on their radar.
Khephren Thuram is often mentioned at the moment, and Liverpool have apparently scheduled a fresh round of talks concerning the transfer.
Van Dijk hopeful for ‘more quality additions’
Van Dijk feels the snare of Mac Allister is a step in the right direction for Liverpool.
“I think he’s a very good player. Obviously we’ve played against him many times, also with Holland [the Netherlands] against Argentina,” he said, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I think he definitely will be a big addition and something we need in order to be back where we all want to be.”
Indeed, after a underwhelming season, it seems the Anfield outfit want to be back as title contenders next season.
Van Dijk feels Mac Allister will be able to positively impact that charge, but is hopeful more new talent can come in, in order to help out further.
“So it’s a good start to the transfer window, hopefully we get a couple more quality additions,” Van Dijk added.
“But he’s definitely one of the players that can hopefully make a difference for us in the next couple of years.”
It would be a surprise if Mac Allister was not to have an impact on the Reds’ success. He did so in Argentina’s 2022 World Cup triumph, scoring and assisting once each.
He also scored 10 Premier League goals and provided two assists for Brighton. Surrounded by more talent, there’s no point suggesting his level won’t rise at Anfield.