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Liverpool beat Man City and more in £75m transfer race that explains Joe Gomez contract stance

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When Liverpool spent a world-record £75m on Virgil van Dijk in January 2018, they were adamant that he was the only defender they wanted to bolster Jürgen Klopp's ranks.

As well as the obvious (his quality), part of the reason that Liverpool spent so much on Van Dijk was, in fact, the lack of alternatives.

Aymeric Laporte and others were linked, but the Spanish international moved to Manchester City for £57m in the same window as the Reds added Van Dijk, who only wanted Anfield.

Nathan Aké (£50m-plus) wants more minutes at Manchester City and could therefore move to Chelsea or elsewhere in search of those, five years after leaving Stamford Bridge for Bournemouth.

This is exactly why they are keen to speak with Joe Gomez about a renewal once pre-season begins on Monday.

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Harry Maguire (£80m from Leicester to Manchester United) and Lucas Hernandez (£69m from Atlético Madrid to Bayern Munich) are the only others to get within the Van Dijk ballpark, with questionable success.
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