Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he failed with a plan to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield when he was in the hot-seat.
The highly-rated centre-back is under consideration by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp but a £40million price tag could prove a stumbling block.
Van Dijk wouldn’t have cost that much when Rodgers suggested making a move for him but according to him, Liverpool scouts argued he wasn’t suitable.
Rodgers said: “It’s about where the player is at, at the time of their ability.
“Virgil van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to a Liverpool. Some clubs will want to see the players tested at certain arenas first.
“But if there is enough belief in the player then that counts. The key for scouting is trying to predict when the player is peaking.
“You could see with van Dijk that he was quick, strong, good on the ball and decent in the air.
“So what more do you need to see? You could see him playing international football and, okay, clubs may want to see him in Champions League.
“Wanyama left and then made the jump but he was a good player at Celtic, showing up well in the Champions League.
“There is maybe an issue with scouts. When I was at Liverpool I asked about van Dijk and he was at Groningen and then at Celtic. But I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time.”
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