Virgil van Dijk fires transfer warning to Liverpool after Champions League exit

Virgil van Dijk

If Liverpool wants to return to the top of the Premier League, Virgil van Dijk has issued a warning that they must make “quality” additions this summer.

After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League and losing the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Jürgen Klopp’s team, who went for the quadruple last season, is already prepared to finish the campaign with just the Community Shield.

The focus is now on the uphill fight to ensure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season, something Van Dijk believes is crucial to the team’s future as they currently sit sixth in the Premier League, 24 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

“Obviously, players are going to leave,” Van Dijk said in reference to the impending exit of striker Roberto Firmino. “That’s been announced so if we want to be where we have been the last five years, we need quality imports, especially with those players leaving.

“Everyone knows that’s going to be very difficult. It is going to be very difficult to find the right players but the club has to do their job in this case.

“We still have a lot of games to play and we want to be in the Champions League. I think that will also help to attract the best players in the world. Not all the time but it will definitely help.”