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Liverpool might get their wish regarding Virgil van Dijk coming to the Merseyside as Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino revealed that the Dutchman is ready for a move.
The 26-year-old Van Dijk has been a long-term target for the Reds all summer but it seemed like the deal was going to fall through when Southampton threatened to report Liverpool to Premier League for tapping their player.
Liverpool issued a public apology to all parties soon after the incident and cooled off their interest in the defender but it seems his head has now turned and the former Celtic man does not want to continue with the Saints next season.
The Liverpool Echo reported, that the Dutch defender informed Pellegrino of his desire to leave Southampton. The new Saints manager stated:
“The boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave.”
“This is the decision. I had to say ‘if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK then you have to train alone until this period of time happens.’”
Van Dijk deciding to vacate the St Mary’s Stadium and taking matters into his own hands was bound to happen after Liverpool withdraw their interest in the defender. Personal terms had been agreed with the player but the deal did not come to reality due to the Saints’ threat.
Now with Van Dijk knowing that the Reds are eager for him to move to Anfield, it isn’t a surprise that he has put in his request to leave the side, as many had reported that the Dutchman wants to only move to Liverpool this season and no other club.
The 26-year-old has been a prime target for Klopp this season and even if we do spend huge to get the defender, it will be a major coup and it will also be a big statement of intent from Liverpool.
The next step would be the player handing in a transfer request and it is only a matter of time before we swoop in and get Van Dijk. Of course, Southampton will try to drive a hard bargain in an attempt to hold on to their asset. But with a player that wants to leave and a side that is willing to pay top dollar, there could only be one conclusion to this story.
Van Dijk should arrive at Anfield sooner rather than later.