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REPORT: Virgil van Dijk tried to convince Netherlands teammate to sign for Liverpool

There is already a sizeable Dutch contingent in the current Liverpool squad.

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During the summer window, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool had the unenviable task of rebuilding the midfield.

Many senior players such as Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and James Milner bid their goodbyes to Anfield in the summer.

The Reds managed to bring in the necessary players, and the midfield is now an area that is bursting with talent and fresh ideas.

One area that Klopp wouldn’t have minded strengthening in is defence.

Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are both not getting any younger at 32, while Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez have had their fair share of trouble with injuries.

A report from TeamTalk has detailed how Jurgen Klopp requested a new partner for Virgil van Dijk with heavy interest being shown in Tottenham’s Micky van de Ven.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a switch to Anfield during the summer window.

van de Ven, who was still at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg at the time, was believed to have been contacted by the Liverpool skipper in attempt to persuade him over a potential move.

However, Tottenham Hotspur ‘moved faster’ and was able to wrap up the deal ahead of the Anfield club.

Micky van de Ven has enjoyed an excellent start to his Premier League career and looks a complete centre-back that is comfortable in all aspects of the game.

An unfortunate hamstring injury has stalled his progress, but Jurgen Klopp and co. may be looking over and lamenting a missed opportunity.

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