Player-turned-pundit, Tony Cottee, has identified Virgin van Dijk as a must-sign player for Jurgen Klopp ahead of their League Cup semi-final clash. 

The Dutchman has been linked with a move to the Reds, who have already spent almost £100m on Southampton players in the past few years. With a rumoured £50m price tag, van Dijk would take the total spend well over the £100m mark and Cottee thinks Klopp should do it.

Tony Cottee

As reported by the ​Daily Star, Cottee has called on Klopp to push through with the the deal, saying: “They need a centre-back, if they can sign Virgil van Dijk, a player of that quality will hugely improve their chances [of winning the league]. He’s not got the balance right yet, but he will be a top signing.”

With Joel Matip missing through injury, not for the first time this season either, Ragnar Klavan has partnered Dejan Lovren on numerous occasions this season. The pair have looked solid together at times but both players have a mistake in them, as Klavan showed in the game against Sunderland, conceding a penalty.

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Former first-choice centre back, Mamadou Sakho, has fallen out of favour at the club and looks set to depart this month - with Southampton a rumoured potential destination, potentially opening up the possibility of some form of swap deal if both teams are interested. 

Cottee then turned his attention to the goalkeeping situation, saying: "Mignolet will play until the end of the season but he needs to improve the goalkeeping situation. He will be looking to strengthen. That’s been a problem all season."

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Sitting second in the league, Klopp's side are having a good season and could take a big step towards a cup final if they can beat van Dijk's current side on Wednesday. 

With Jose Fonte set to leave the Saints after handing in a transfer request, another centre back departure looks extremely unlikely. However, if Liverpool are able to pull off the rumoured deal, there is no doubt that a player of van Dijk's quality could significantly enhance the chances of the club claiming their first ever Premier League title.