Revealed: Virgil van Dijk made a crucial phone call to Cody Gakbo to persuade his fellow Dutchman to join Liverpool before the Reds sealed a £44m deal – calling the defender up for new signings an hour before word broke.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has reportedly helped convince fellow national teammate Cody Gakpo to join the Premier League.
The Merseyside club snapped up a Manchester United move for Jakpo on Boxing Day after reaching an agreement with the Dutch club to sign the rising talent for £44m.
And now there are allegations that Dutch international Van Dijk spoke to the PSV star and helped engineer a move to Anfield despite interest from league rivals.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has reportedly played a role in the club’s recent transfer business
Merseyside have agreed a £44m deal to sign Dutch star Cody Gackbo (left).
According to Eindhovens Dagblad, Van Dijk contacted Gakpo and persuaded the winger to join the club amid growing interest in the 23-year-old’s services.
The outlet claimed that the conversation between the Holland stars was partly the reason Gakpo was chosen to join Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Many of Europe’s top teams have been linked with the talent after his impressive performances for his country at the recent World Cup.
United have instigated talks with the Dutch club, but there is still a wait to finalize a financial offer and they are now missing out on a key target before January.
Liverpool hijacked Manchester United’s transfer for PSV and Netherlands striker Jacobo on Monday
Van Dijk and Jakobo (left) played together for the Netherlands throughout the last World Cup
Van Dijk hinted at the idea that Liverpool need fresh faces during the post-match interview against Aston Villa.
Speaking after the 3-1 win, Van Dijk said: “I hope the injured players can come back soon and hopefully we can welcome some new players to our football club.
‘we will see. I think quality is always welcome at Liverpool.”
The club is currently grappling with injuries to stars such as Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino – which has led to the participation of youngsters Stefan Bagcetic and Ben Duque.
The defender celebrated his return to Premier League action with a goal in the victory and played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s victory at Villa Park.
Van Dijk swept away in celebration after scoring a stunning volley during the win over Villa
United were considered candidates to sign Gakpo, but persistent talk of selling them cast doubt on the funds readily available this month.
Van Dijk has shown his assessment of the striker after speaking glowingly about team-mate Jakpo during the 2022 World Cup.
“I hope Cody can go to the moon and back,” Van Dijk said during the tournament in Qatar. “He’s a very good player and a good boy too.
“What we see in training is what you see on the pitch. There is still a lot of potential and I hope he continues to show it for us. We are very happy with him.”
Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to secure their first signing in the January transfer window
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