Virgil Van Dijk Absent As Transfer Rumours Persist

Virgil van Dijk

This summer, Liverpool made the costly mistake of "tapping up" Southampton star defender Virgil van Dijk, forcing the Reds to make an embarrassing public apology and effectively ending their pursuit of the player for the rest of the window.

It is a far cry from the 8th-placed finish they secured last term, and not to forget the League Cup final they reached, in which a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic header broke Saints' hearts against Manchester United. The record is now held by City defender Kyle Walker, who joined in the summer for 52 million pounds. Speaking on Van Dijk, Pellegrino told the media, "I decided that was best for this moment".

The pair seemingly had put their quarrel to bed with van Dijk featuring regularly in Southampton's defence after making his return to the side in the 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace back in September.

Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier has indicated that Liverpool will be wary of Manchester City in their transfer chase for Virgil van Dijk.


While the Sunday World does suggest that Liverpool are willing to meet Southampton valuation of 70 million pounds, Barcelona and Manchester City are also keeping close tabs on the Dutchman. Around him will be a lot of speculation and we have to wait to see what happens. The manager decides what is the best.

"We tried to do the best for the team", said the ex-Alaves coach, who endured sections of the travelling Southampton support at Wembley signing "you're getting sacked in the morning".

He added: "The club decides which bid they accept, the player decides whether or not he goes to that club".

It seems as though a fresh transfer saga concerning van Dijk is set to hot-up, as the January transfer window approaches.

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