Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Liverpool look set to miss out on top transfer target

Liverpool look set to miss out on top transfer target

Therefore, the Reds are hopeful that the Saints will opt to offload Van Dijk and pick up a £50million transfer fee to reinvest back into their squad as opposed to keeping an unhappy player on board who will not be selected.

However, a problem did erupt last month for Liverpool since they were being accused of making an illegal approach to land Van Dijk.

Liverpool could still face competition from Chelsea for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in England.

However, the Reds while said to still be hell-bent on signing the defender, will only make their move if they receive genuine encouragement from Southampton.

Van Dijk, though, will not travel with the team, having been excluded from selection contention and first-team training by new manager Pellegrino. Van Dijk is aerially sound as well and that can potentially be an asset for a side that has often struggled in set piece situations.

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Van Dijk is still understood to be keen to move on, but Liverpool have to tread carefully, while Manchester City have been put off by the Saints' £60million valuation.

The Spaniard, who played for Liverpool in 2005 before joining Rafael Benítez's backroom staff, questioned whether the player is now "100 per-cent" there "psychologically" as he ordered him to train separately from the club's first-team squad.

Leaks to the media about agreeing personal terms with Van Dijk seemed to be bragging from Liverpool, and Southampton went down the route of suggesting action over tapping up.

I don't want to say too much, but we need the player. "He's the captain so someone of that class you'd want to be involved".

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