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Virgil Van Dijk has put Liverpool transfer saga behind him

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By Dave Marshall

Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer but the move failed to materialize with the Saints not ready to sell. The Dutch international was a primary target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in the summer and many predicted a deadline day move was on the cards, but Southampton refused to budge and held on to their man even though the Dutchman handed in a transfer request in other to force a move to Anfield.

Liverpool have enjoyed doing business with Southampton in the past having brought in the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane but the case of Van Dijk was different and was accused of ‘tapping up’ their player by the Saints at a particular stage in the summer. However, Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk has insisted he is fully committed and focused on the Saints after strong reports linking him with a move to the Reds again in the January transfer window.

Virgil Van Dijk as quoted when quizzed about reports linking him to Anfield in the winter, he said;

“Firstly, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on anything that happened before.

“But I am giving 100 per cent for the club. I work hard every day, I help my team-mates, I’m positive and I want to win every game.

“I am happy and that’s the most important thing so we will just see what happens.”

The Kopites are currently sixth on the log and have had a decent start to the season but manager Jurgen Klopp might be forced to sign a quality central defender in the January transfer window after watching his side conceding 16 goals away from home in the Premier League so far this season. With most top class centre backs cup tied in the Champions League, Liverpool might have to go back for Virgil Van Dijk in the January transfer window and hope a deal can be agreed with the Saints for the 26-year-old, but might have to break the bank for his signature with the Dutchman still under a six-year contract he signed last year.

 

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