The belief that a deal for Virgil van Dijk remains a possibility is one all Reds are striving to keep hidden having already had their hopes of Liverpool signing the Dutchman shattered.
Anfield great John Aldridge has seemingly taken an opposite approach and instead hinted at a possible strike as a way of the defender forcing through a move to Anfield.
“Players and their agents hold all the power these days and if he says he won’t kick another ball for Southampton and demands a move, it will happen,” he told the Mirror.
“Tapping up goes on all the time in the game and even if Liverpool went a bit far in their pursuit of Van Dijk before they spoke to Southampton, I don’t believe this transfer story is dead in the water.”
“Van Dijk needs to make the next move and I reckon he will tell Southampton that he wants out and he wants to go to Liverpool.”
“I don’t like the way the game has gone in some ways and players can hold clubs to ransom if they want a move and big money offers are coming in, but that is the way of the world now.”
“I still see this transfer happening one way or the other and I certainly hope it does because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.”
Plans to kick on with transfer business after sealing a deal for Mohamed Salah mean it won’t be long before it becomes clear as to whether Liverpool are planning on returning with a renewed approach for Van Dijk.
The defeated manner in which the club was forced to initially apologise for its pursuit and end interest in the player hasn’t stopped reports from suggesting a deal is still on the cards.
Though Southampton have remained adamant they won’t be selling the centre-back, a player keen on a move elsewhere more often than not gets his way in the modern game.
Time will tell.