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Van Dijk To Strike For The Right To Liverpool Move

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool GETTYLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants more signings
Vera Richards | 25 July, 2017, 00:46

The same article states that Liverpool chiefs are still monitoring Van Dijk, 26, and are eyeing a summer transfer despite officially ending their interest last month.

Van Dijk has made it clear he wants to leave the Saints and Liverpool is his chosen destination.

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.

Virgil van Dijk is left out of the Southampton squad for their pre-season trip to France amid speculation surrounding the centre-back's future.

Pellegrino said last week that Van Dijk is at training but felt the player is "not 100%" fit mentally.

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.

If the deal goes through, it will make Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world.

A graduate of FC Groningen's youth academy Van Dijk joined Celtic in 2013 and spent two seasons with the Scottish powerhouse before relocating to England.

"I had to say, "If you don't want to be involved because you don't feel okay then you have to train alone until this period of time is over".

The 26-year-old Algerian global excelled in Leicester's title-winning campaign with 17 Premier League goals, though he couldn't match that last season, scoring just six times - and many expect him to leave this summer.

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