The Dutchman has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most sought-after talents this season, with the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all hoping to sign him.
It was believed the former Celtic star would favour a switch to Chelsea this summer, however, various reports in Merseyside on Wednesday claim Van Dijk has now set his sights on a move to Anfield.
Klopp is now looking raid the Saints again and bolster his defensive options with Van Dijk seen as a quality addition to his ranks. The report claims Liverpool have yet to agree a fee with Southampton, but expect it to be anything between £40m – £50m.
Further reports suggest Van Dijk has already spoken with Jurgen Klopp about the role he’d have in the side and the vision of the club going forwards.
Speaking to The Times
Speaking about his future earlier in the season, Van Dijk admitted he has aims to test himself at a higher level.
“Every player in the world has ambitions; I have ambitions like everyone else, I want to get the maximum out of myself as a player, I can improve in every aspect and that takes time. That takes games. That takes playing at the highest level and with the national team.”
“The figures you mention about me? I cannot do anything about that. That is football these days. But I don’t feel the pressure – no chance.”
Southampton decided to reject all offers during the winter transfer window. Holding out till the summer looking to capitalise on the player’s great form and command a premium price.
Liverpool have a strong recent relationship with Southampton, having already signed Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, and Sadio Mane in recent years.
Should an agreement be reached, Van Dijk could very well become the sixth player to move between clubs!
This is extremely exciting news and one that I really hope becomes real. He would really offer the defensive stability that we really need and would form a formidable partnership with Matip. We wait and see if anything comes from this as the season draws to a close!