Matt Le Tissier Weighs in on Virgil van Dijk Rumours

Huge Liverpool boost as Southampton close in on Virgil van Dijk replacement

This could threaten Liverpool's plan to land the player; but only if the player does change his stance of being interested in a switch to Liverpool.

Beating league rivals Liverpool to van Dijk's signature would also be a massive coup for the Blues as it sends out a clear message of intent before the start of the new campaign.

Liverpool's pursuit of Virgil van Dijk looks set to drag on well into late August with any and all progress in the transfer saga being made at the rate of a snail's pace.

Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the 26-year-old centre-back all summer, but was initially forced to back off after Saints threaten the Reds over making an illegal approach.

Liverpool desperately need to sign a strong central defender and Dutch star Virgil van Dijk has been linked with the Merseysiders all summer long.




Conte wants to make four signings before the end of the transfer window with a wing back, central midfielder and attacker top of the wish-list.

While Thompson backed Liverpool's signing of England Under-20 worldwide Solanke, the former Reds captain is confident Van Dijk will also complete a switch to Anfield. The Dutch global is keen to leave the club, refusing to play in the first match of the season and training by himself.

Chelsea were believed to be prioritising areas of the squad other than central defence having already bought Antonio Rudiger and recalled Andreas Christensen from loan.

"The season Morgan kicked up a fuss pre-season, he stayed and was excellent", Le Tissier wrote on Twitter, in response to fan concerns over Van Dijk.

"I can't say more, because the situation is that the boy is aside from the team because he doesn't want to play for us".

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