At the very least, the Reds would have to offer the same wages he is on at the Allianz Stadium – which stands at just over £10m a year. Only three players at Anfield currently earn so much – Mohamed Salah, Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk.
The latter of those players also presents Liverpool with another challenge considering that the 30-year-old remains a key player at the club – despite his serious injury two seasons ago. Remarkably, that has appeared to have had little effect on his form and he has slotted straight back into the side with no problems.
Ibrahima Konate has been tipped as the long-term replacement for the Dutchman, who has had a fine season under Jurgen Klopp this year. However, a world-class partner might need to be sought after soon when Van Dijk does eventually leave.