Antonio Conte calm despite Chelsea missing out on Virgil van Dijk

Jamie Carragher watched the Merseyside derby from a New York pub dedicated to him

Jamie Carragher watched the Merseyside derby from a New York pub dedicated to him

It was a debut to remember for Liverpool new-boy Virgil van Dijk with the big defender scoring a late victor as the Reds knocked crosstown rivals Everton out of the FA Cup at Anfield on Friday.

And while Conte himself was keen on bringing the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge, the Italian insists he will not dwell on the situation for even one second.

Van Dijk made his Liverpool debut in the Merseyside derby against Everton in the FA Cup third round, in which he scored the victor from a set piece. For sure he was our target but as you know this is football.

Conte revealed that he was interested in the player but like is common in football and in life, you do not succeed in landing all your top targets.

Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce his defensive line, and I think Van Dijk is a top defender.

Liverpool FC are likely to be linked with a number of players this month as they look to bolster their squad following Coutinho's exit.

Akanji has also reportedly been targeted by Liverpool, according to The Independent, but it is Southampton who have the most pressing need to sign him.

Much has been made of the fee paid for Coutinho - who joined Liverpool in 2013 - but former Italy, AC Milan and Juventus midfield maestro Pirlo said the price is justified after the Reds spent in the region of €80m - £75m - to prise the Dutchman from Southampton this month.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Coutinho said: "They are in a healthy position, with very, very good footballers".

'But I think the transfer market is not simple, it's not simple, especially if there is this amount of money.

Conte's side face Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with speculation continuing to build regarding the future of the two teams' respective star players in Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard. This is my opinion, I don't know.

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