Brendan Rodgers: ‘I Wanted Virgil Van Dijk But Liverpool Didn’t Let Me’
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on February 13, 2017
Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wanted to sign highly-rated defender Virgil Van Dijk whilst at Anfield, but his request was denied. Liverpool and a number of other clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea have also been linked with the Dutch defender after showing his promise under Claude Puel this season.
Rodgers has enjoyed a successful period since moving to Scotland, leading Celtic to a 27-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, as well as winning Celtic’s 100th major trophy, the Scottish League Cup. Liverpool’s best chance of winning the title came in Rodgers’ reign at Anfield in the 2013-2014 season, in which Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge red-hot form meant the duo became known as the S.A.S.
The 44-year-old has revealed Liverpool denied him the chance of signing Van Dijk and believes there could be a problem with scouting at the club:
“When I was at Liverpool I asked about Van Dijk when he was at Groningen and then at Celtic,” Rodgers revealed. ” I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time.”
“Van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to a Liverpool. Some clubs will want to see the players tested at certain areas first.”“But if there is enough belief in the player then that counts. The key for scouting is trying to predict when the player is peaking.”
“You could see withVan Dijk that he was quick, strong, good on the ball and decent in the air.”
“So what more do you need to see? You could see him playing international football and, okay, clubs may want to see him in Champions League.”
“Wanyama left and then made the jump but he was a good player at Celtic, showing up well in the Champions League.
“Maybe there’s an issue with scouting at Liverpool.”