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Van Dijk hopes to see new faces at Liverpool amid Gakpo links

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 26 Dec 2022

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Virgil van Dijk would like to see Liverpool sign some “new players” in the January transfer window.

After scoring in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Monday, Van Dijk hinted at possible transfer activity from the Merseyside club, with reports suggesting he could soon be joined at Anfield by Netherlands team-mate Cody Gakpo.

The Athletic reported on Monday that Liverpool are in “advanced negotiations” with PSV for the forward for an initial fee in the region of £37million (€42m).

Manager Jurgen Klopp oversaw his team’s first league game back since the World Cup, still missing attacking duo Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota through injury, with neither likely to be back until February at the earliest.

“Hopefully the injured players can come back soon, and hopefully we can welcome some new players at our football club,” Van Dijk said after the win at Villa Park.

“We will see. I think that quality is always welcome at Liverpool.”

Gakpo has scored nine goals and provided 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie games this season, the third-highest tally of goal contributions (21) after 14 Eredivisie games since 1999-00, ironically behind his PSV head coach Ruud van Nistelrooy (27 in 1999-00) and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (25 in 2009-10).

The 23-year-old also scored three goals for the Netherlands at the World Cup before their eventual elimination on penalties in the quarter-final against Argentina, who went on to lift the trophy in Qatar.

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