Virgil Van Dijk Hands In A Transfer Request To Southampton

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Liverpool issued a grovelling apology to Saints after they threatened to report the Anfield club to the Premier League for allegedly making an illegal approach to Van Dijk. Although Liverpool were linked with Dutch worldwide in different occasion, but the deal never happened.

"What I said is the truth", he said.

The 26-year-old has been training away from the Southampton first team and played no part in their pre-season matches having told manager Mauricio Pellegrino he wants to leave the club.

The Netherlands boss Dick Advocaat gave his support to Van Dijk and urged Southampton to let the defender move to a bigger club.

Van Dijk is Jurgen Klopp's priority target in strengthening his defensive line this month, with the Reds willing to break their transfer record to seal a deal.

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He is an academy product and a first-team regular last season, making 48 appearances in all competitions and scored twice. The Chelsea preferred XI of last season started at least 26 league games each and eight of them began 30 games or more.

He added: "I'm happy". He further expressed disappointment that conversations he believed to be private and personal had found their way into the media and stated that his previously good relationship with Southampton had been "seriously affected". As a proud professional I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events. He has two-and-a-half weeks to find a new club.

Liverpool have made three signings - Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke - but Klopp wants more focus on some of his players who have impressed during preparations for the new season than speculation over who is coming in next.

However, Liverpool have been unable to tempt Southampton into selling their Netherlands worldwide Van Dijk.

"The most likely outcome for Liverpool is they won't get Naby Keita, they will get Virgil van Dijk and they will keep Philippe Coutinho".

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