Liverpool have had to make a U-turn in their pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk due to allegations of tapping up the Southampton centre-back.
Considering Van Dijk was Liverpool’s primary summer transfer target, the club’s fans will undoubtedly be disappointed at the fact that he won’t be plying his trade at Anfield come next season.
Nevertheless, there are a plethora of quality centre-backs who share broad similarities with Van Dijk – some of them even cost less than the Dutchman’s reported £60million price tag.
Here are five possible alternatives to Virgil Van Dijk:
During the course of the recently concluded campaign, the Young Englishman was heavily tipped for a return to his former side, Manchester United, but with the Red Devils now cooling their interest in the Burnley man, Liverpool could swoop in and sign Keane.
Keane was a brick wall for Burnley last season. His sturdiness, as well as his ability to anticipate pieces of play, helped Sean Dyche’s men keep the ball out of their net on a regular basis.
Liverpool are in dire need of a quality centre-back, and Keane certainly fits the bill regarding the Premier League’s definition of “quality”.
He’d cost significantly less than Van Dijk given he’s yet to become a household name in the top tier of English football. Nevertheless, he can bolster Liverpool’s porous defence.