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Liverpool urged to sign “ready made” Premier League star to replace Virgil van Dijk – Mirror Online

Liverpool urged to sign “ready made” Premier League star to replace Virgil van Dijk – Mirror Online

Liverpool have been urged to consider Conor Coady as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk should they dip into the transfer market.

The Dutchman was injured in last weekend’s Merseyside derby and could miss the entirety of the season.

It leaves the Reds short at the back with Van Dijk’s arrival in January 2018 proving to be the catalyst for their subsequent success.

But Mark Lawrenson believes the Wolves skipper, who was previously on Liverpool’s books as a kid, would be a perfect signing given his experience in the Premier League.

“I would think Virgil will be out for the season,” the ex-Reds defender told The Argus .

Conor Coady has been an impressive performer for Wolves
(Image: Getty Images)

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“I think it’s a write-off because you’ve got to get match fit and that’s almost impossible nowadays because they don’t play reserve team football.

“If Liverpool are going to pay big money for somebody in January, they want absolutely ready-made.

“Conor Coady has had loads of shouts and he is a very good organiser who has played lots of games in the Premier League.”

Coady has been integral to Wolves’ rapid rise in recent years and his performances have seen him awarded with international recognition.

The 27-year-old has not missed a Premier League game since his side were promoted two years ago.

Virgil van Dijk looks set to miss the season
(Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Another man to be linked with Liverpool’s defensive void is Brighton’s Ben White.

The youngster has previously been touted as a Reds target following an impressive year on loan at Leeds.

Lawrenson though feels it may be a bit too soon for the Seagull, who has only played in five top flight games.

“Maybe it might be a bit early for Ben,” he added. “Would you spend that money thinking he might be ready in 18 months? I’m not sure.”

“But the great thing for the lad is he is going to have a fabulous future. It wouldn’t surprise me if, 18 months or two years down the line, he goes somewhere big, in inverted commas.

“Whether it is Liverpool remains to be seen, but one thing with Klopp is he doesn’t give a damn how old you are.”

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