Klopp to swoop on Saints duo

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL are lin­ing up a £40mil­lion dou­ble swoop for Southamp­ton duo Vir­gil van Dijk and Sam McQueen. Kop boss Jur­gen Klopp has al­ready re­vealed he is in the mar­ket for a striker in Jan­uary, but be­lieves Dutch giant Van Dijk can help bol­ster the ti­tle-chas­ing Reds’ de­fence. The for­mer Celtic cen­tre­back only signed a new six-yeardeal at St Mary’s in May but Klopp is con­fi­dent he can prise him away from the south coast. Klopp is also sweet on academy ace McQueen, 21, to solve the Merseysiders’ left­back dilemma.

McQueen, 21, only made his Pre­mier League de­but in mid-Oc­to­ber af­ter com­ing on as sub in Saints’ 3-1 win over Burn­ley.

But since then he has pro­duced a string of im­pres­sive per­for­mances to draw com­par­isons with for­mer Saints left­backs Gareth Bale and Luke Shaw.

Klopp has lost faith in Spa­niard Al­berto Moreno, forc­ing James Mil­ner to play out of po­si­tion. McQueen’s con­tract is up at the end of the sea­son and he is stalling on ac­cept­ing the of­fer of an ex­ten­sion.

In the past two sum­mers Liver­pool have paid Southamp­ton al­most £100m in trans­fer fees for Sa­dio Mane, De­jan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lal­lana and Rickie Lambert.

Saints also fear los­ing cap­tain Jose Fonte, who is still at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Manch­ester United.

Van Dijk has been Southamp­ton’s stand­out per­former this term and boss Claude Puel knows he faces an up­hill bat­tle to keep his star man.

The 25-year-old turned in a man of the match dis­play as Saints held Liver­pool to a 0-0 draw on Satur­day.

On his per­for­mance, Puel added: “It’s not a sur­prise. It’s not amaz­ing.

“Since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son van Dijk is fan­tas­tic and he now keeps good con­cen­tra­tion.

“He can make very good progress and it is it im­por­tant for the fu­ture.” – Daily Star

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