Liverpool to end Van Dijk chase

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The Saints even reported Liverpool to the Premier League, accusing them of making an illegal approach for their player, a move which led Liverpool to announce they had ended their interest. We are open until the 31st [of August].

Liverpool are yet to bolster the middle of their back line in the transfer window but Klopp insists he is happy with his quartet of options in Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez, while the wait for a development over Van Dijk goes on.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is happy with the centre-backs now at the club amid reports linking the Reds with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino said this week he was hopeful of persuading van Dijk to shelve plans to leave but rumours suggesting the centre-half wants to leave persist.

"I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I've always enjoyed with everyone at the club, especially the fans, but unfortunately in light of everything that's happened this has now been seriously affected".

"We have four (centre-backs)".




"Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger, five. Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.

"It doesn't work. I don't see it (the defence) as a concern". In the Premier League previous year, the Reds conceded 12 goals from set-pieces, the most of any of the top six clubs.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to be interested - and with Van Dijk re-affirming his desire to play European football, one would imagine the defender's decision could be swayed by whoever is the most ambitious in terms of their European ambition.

"What I said is the truth".

Conte is unhappy with his side's business so far this summer and says he needs more signings to compensate for having a "small squad".

In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets. "That'€™s cool and I can not ignore it".

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