Liverpool end interest in Van Dijk after Southampton row

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The £60 million fee will be a topic everybody has an opinion on, but where most observers are united is that Van Dijk would be a fantastic asset for the Reds.

Any such transfer would see Dejan Lovren drop to third choice centre-back despite signing a new deal at the club worth £100,000 a week.

Liverpool released a statement on Wednesday stating the club has "ended any interest" they had in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Press Association Sport understands Saints had not received any contact from the Reds regarding their defender, yet the Holland global apparently indicated an eagerness to become the latest player to swap St Mary's for Anfield.

The 25-year-old Netherlands worldwide centre-back has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City but is understood to favour a move to Anfield.

"Can we? Yes", Krueger said.


Liverpool has rejected the notion that it's "tapped up" Van Dijk, and Yahoo's Kevin Palmer says the club will aim to remedy its relationship with Saints.

Van Dijk had even informed Southampton that he wished to leave in order to work under manager Jurgen Klopp.

"We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I've been here".

His decision has come as a particular blow to Premier League champions Chelsea, who identified him for the position on the left of their three-man defence that was occupied by Gary Cahill last season. Indeed, the Saints have lodged a complaint with the Premier League about the issue.

Van Dijk signed for Southampton from Celtic in 2015 and has since made 55 Premier League starts, scoring four goals.

But after selling key players such as Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane to the Reds in recent seasons Saints were in no mood to do further business. Another report from the Guardian claims that Klopp is also keen on signing AS Roma's Mohamed Salah.

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