Jurgen Klopp appears to finally end Liverpool's interest in Virgil van Dijk

Lawrence Cooper
August 8, 2017

The Southampton defender appeared close to joining Liverpool in June until the Reds apologised and ended their interest in the Dutchman following a Southampton complaint to the Premier League alleging an illegal approach.

As a result, Manuel Pellegrino's side may prefer to sell the Dutch global to Chelsea over Liverpool.

Van Dijk revealed he had been fined two weeks' wages by Southampton and said he would be appealing against the punishment, which he described as "unjustified".

"What I said is the truth", he said. "We have four. I don't think we need more".

Southampton are playing hardball over the defender's future but the Saints would prefer to deal with Chelsea if Van Dijk is to leave, according to the Sun.

Van Dijk, should he ever pull on the Liverpool shirt, would provide a chance to remedy.

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Van Dijk is training on his own at Southampton and was excluded from the club's pre-season tour to France last week.

"I have consistently relayed my feelings to senior management at Southampton in what I believed to be private and personal conversations".

"We might not like the big money clubs are spending this summer, but you either join in with the madness or you will get left behind". Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media. "I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and feel it is important to point out the true version".

He is not expected to play against Swansea next Saturday in the first game of the Premier League season due to a lack of match fitness.

But Van Dijk's global manager says he has sympathy for his countryman.

Van Dijk is depserate to leave the Saints and had chosen to move to Anfield before Liverpool retracted their interest.

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