Garth Crooks has admitted that he would be worried that Virgil van Dijk would push for a move away from Liverpool FC if the Reds fail to win the Champions League this season.
The Netherlands defender has been a revelation since his move to Anfield from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window.
The Dutch defender was named as the PFA player of the year as he helped to marshal Liverpool FC’s back-line this season as they pushed Manchester City for the title.
The Reds ended up finishing in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind Manchester City as they missed out on the trophy.
Liverpool FC are now preparing for their crunch Champions League final showdown against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on 1 June as they look to win their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
And BBC Sport pundit Crooks believes that it is important that the Reds beat Spurs to the trophy to keep the likes of Van Dijk at the club.
Crooks is quoted as saying by Metro: “I have almost run out of superlatives to describe Virgil van Dijk’s performances this season.
“What the Dutch international has brought to Liverpool’s defence is almost unquantifiable.
“I do feel however, that if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, and that is by no means certain, it may hasten Van Dijk’s departure.
“Players of his class need to be playing for the best team in the world.”
Liverpool FC are looking to go one step further in the Champions League this season after having finished as runners-up to Real Madrid last term.
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