Virgil van Dijk has bullishly claimed that he’s not sorry for his behaviour over the summer and suggested that he could leave Southampton during the January transfer window.
The giant Dutchman has returned to Southampton’s starting XI, having missed the beginning of the campaign due to the fall-out following his transfer request and subsequent failure to clinch a move to Anfield.
“I’m glad I’m fit again and I can give up 100 percent,” he told Fox Sports, cited in the Metro.
“But I’m not sorry for anything. ‘Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
The problem is while van Dijk is clearly desperate to move, the power is in his club’s hands.
If Southampton flatly refused to sell him during the summer, why would they change their minds a few months later…?
The defender knows he cannot rot in the U23s because there’s a World Cup in 2018, meaning he needs to impress in the Premier League.
We’d be over the moon if Liverpool could acquire van Dijk this winter, but are not at all hopeful after our lacklustre summer window which saw us fail to bring in a central defender.