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Anfield pitch ripped up for summer makeover ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League

Date Posted,May 30, 2017

Liverpool have resurfaced the Anfield pitch as they prepare for a return to Europe’s top table next season.

The Reds secured a place in the Champions League next term with a fourth-placed finish in this year’s Premier League – but will have to qualify in their bid to reach the group stages.

And the Anfield hierarchy are seemingly giving themselves the best chance possible by relaying the playing surface at the famous old ground.

Liverpool jetted off to Sydney for a post-season tour following the conclusion of the campaign, but with the transfer window fast approaching, new faces are not far from the thoughts of those on Merseyside.

Klopp and Liverpool jetted off for a post-season tour of Australia (Photo: Getty Images AsiaPac)
Steven Gerrard turned out for the Reds in their friendly against Sydney FC (Photo: AFP)

Virgil van Dijk is one of the Reds’ targets, and they have received a boost in their hunt for the £50million-rated centre-half.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are locked in a four-way battle for Southampton’s Dutch defender with Antonio Conte’s newly-crowned champions believed to be in pole position.

But it is understood that Liverpool have a genuine chance of doing a deal because van Dijk is attracted by the proposition of playing for Klopp.

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Klopp is ready to make it clear that he will make van Dijk his defensive kingpin, that he can become a Kop legend and that he is the only centre half he is interested in this summer.

It will be a hard sell from Liverpool and, with the bonus of Champions League football, they hope they can lure him to Merseyside.

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