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Liverpool: Van Dijk, Schmeichel among top 5 January transfer targets

Liverpool: Van Dijk, Schmeichel among top 5 January transfer targets

Liverpool have had a strong first half showing in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far, sitting six points behind leaders Chelsea in second place after 18 matches played.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has managed to get his team to play intensive high pressure football with terrific results, and with no European football in the way, it seems like Liverpool might actually stand a chance of winning the league this year.

Despite all the positives, there have been some clear deficiencies in the team, especially in the defensive positions. Based on news reports online and other rumours, here are the top 5 Liverpool January transfer targets in our opinion:

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk has 7 clean-sheets in 17 appearances this season.

The 25-year-old centre-back has been a permanent fixture in the Southampton back four since joining the club from Celtic in 2015. He signed a new six-year deal in July 2016 after a strong first season showing and his consistent displays in the Premier League have turned him into one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.

Liverpool have struggled at the centre of defence this season, with injuries to summer signing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren forcing Jurgen Klopp to play Lucas Leiva as a make-shift defender. Van Dijk would be the perfect defender to provide them the defensive solidity they require to make a tilt at the Premier League title in 2017 although his bosses at Southampton don’t plan on selling him any time soon.

And not to forget the attention from all the other clubs in the league, which will surely drive up his price (expected £40m).

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