Ian Wright says 2017 Liverpool signing was ‘absolutely perfect’ for Pogba
Ian Wright has claimed that Virgil Van Dijk is an ‘absolutely perfect’ signing for Liverpool compared to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, as he told Premier League Productions (January 27, 22 at 12:10pm).
In 2016, Man United paid a world record £89 million for Pogba’s talent (BBC Sports), while 18 months later, in December 2017, Liverpool put £75m on Van Dijk (BBC Sports).
To be fair, their days at England’s two biggest clubs were quite contrasting.
In the summer, Pogba may just be on his way to the exit door from Old Trafford on a free transfer, and in fact, he may not be missing out on much.
While Van Dijk is one of the brightest jewels on the throne of Liverpool and one of the best defenders of world football today.
As the January transfer window opened, Wright talked about the difficulties teams have had in the past to succeed in the winter.
And while Pogba was not bought in January, Van Dijk when he moved Southampton to Liverpool and Wright praised the Dutchman’s work.
“You can look at Pogba’s signing,” said Wright. “You look at Pogba, he’s not six, not eight and not ten.
“He is a player we saw when he played for Juventus, on the left wing, with a very balanced midfield and free play. Aaron Ramsey, a similar type of player. He plays with freedom. You need the right players.
“That’s where people are buying the wrong type of player that is not the right fit for them. This is where the signing of Virgil van Dijk is absolutely perfect.
“That’s why they’re going to pay an extra £25m for him – you look at the way Virgil plays for Celtic, he’s playing exactly like he is now.
“This is why all the top teams are missing out on a player who is performing, the fact that he has played in a league that has not been as good as the Premier League, but Liverpool have benefited from that. ”
There are only a few days left before the January transfer window closes and Liverpool can be very busy.
Unlike some of their rivals over the years, even in the summer windows, they don’t splurge.
But the Reds have made a move to buy Porto’s flying man Luis Diaz, and if they sign him the deal could be worth £38m (BBC Sports).
With Liverpool needing more depth to cover their stars, it would be a top buy from the club if they can get there.
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