Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he is looking for his own version of Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has truly transformed the Liverpool side since moving to Anfield and Mourinho believes his impact is far greater than perceived.
According to the Spurs boss, van Dijk has not only helped Liverpool improve defensively he has helped shape up the teams attacking play as well.
That is why Liverpool will not be able to replace Virgil van Dijk this season. The defender is currently sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with a serious knee injury.
“A team very stable defensively is a team with much better conditions to attack and vice-versa,” Mourinho said. “They lost Van Dijk. It’s very, very important for them.”
Tottenham have struggled to put together a consistently good defensive unit this season and Mourinho’s centre backs have been error-prone.
It seems that the Tottenham manager is looking to bring in someone who can transform his side just like Virgil van Dijk has done at Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see if Daniel Levy is willing to back the Tottenham manager in the transfer market at the end of this season and bring him the defensive signing needed to take Spurs to another level.
Ruben Dias has had a similar impact at Manchester City this season.
Van Dijk is a leader at Liverpool who not only organises the defence, but also breaks the lines with his long passing and sets up vital attacking moves.
Spurs have missed someone like that since the departure of Jan Vertonghen. With Alderweireld in his twilight years, the Londoners must find someone to take over soon.