Liverpool had made a shortlist of 4 players when they started looking for a central defender previous season. This saw them signing Virgil van Dijk. The club had spent £75million on him at the start of the year as he was brought in from Southampton.
It is since then that he has managed to establish himself as the best center-half option in the Premier League. Now, he is vaguely taken to be one of the best players that one will find in the world.
Liverpool had been long-term admirers of him as they scouted the Netherlands international from the time he had been in Celtic. He had joined them in 2013 from Groningen. It can be said that his perseverance has borne results. Van Dijk’s arrival on the Meyerside had helped Liverpool become the contenders for the title.
Nonetheless, they had not always been confident enough when it came to signing Van Dijk. They had created a shortlist featuring some more central defenders; the club had been ready to sign.
As per reports, the shortlist had 4 A grade targets, 4 B grade targets, while later being the youngsters who would go on to become a grade player in coming times. Van Dijk topped the list of A-grade shortlist along with Jerome Boateng and Kalidou Kouliably. The final A grade choice had been Aymeric Laporte. He had been signed by Manchester City only one month after Van Dijk became a part of Liverpool. Laporte had played for Athletic Club before he joined City.