Van Dijk stalemate, defender still intent on joining Liverpool


Liverpool were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton for their pursuit of Van Dijk in June.

Virgil van Dijk's stand off with Southampton shows no sign of abating after a report on Wednesday suggested the defender is still intent on moving to Liverpool.

Van Dijk has already informed the Saints of his wish to join Jurgen Klopp's side, but a £60m transfer seemed all but over in June when his side threatened to report the Reds over an illegal approach for the Netherlands global.

It has led to a tense stand-off at St Mary's, with Van Dijk ordered to train alone while the rest of the side were in pre-season in France.

Southampton are making contingency plans in the likely event that Van Dijk reiterates his desire to move to Merseyside this week when talks between the club captain, his agent and Saints representatives take place at the club's training base.

However, they may find it hard to lure the centre-back to west London and it appears he still has his heart set on joining Liverpool as the Daily Mail say van Dijk remains keen on playing under Jurgen Klopp and has made his feelings clear to Southampton.

Liverpool may have abandoned their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk earlier this summer, but the speculation over his future and a possible move to Anfield continues.

Hoedt has also been linked to Middlesbrough and Leicester City.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the 26-year-old will hold showdown talks this week with Pellegrino, who is keen for Van Dijk to change his stance so that he can return to the squad.