It’s not a secret that since the beginning of the summer, Dutchman Virgil van Dijk has been desperate for a Liverpool switch.
His attempts to get one have been blatant, noisy and disruptive – handing in a transfer request, releasing a public statement and effectively going on strike at the start of the season.
However, Southampton stood firm and new manager Mauricio Pellegrino has reintegrated him into the side.
A few weeks back though van Dijk reiterated his desire for an Anfield transfer, hinting that a January deal could be on the cards
“Of course, I wanted to go one step up. Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible,” he told the Echo.
But now, he’s finally decided to take the professional route, although, his real intentions are thinly veiled!
“Firstly, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on anything that happened before,” he told the Daily Echo.
“But I am giving 100% for the club. I work hard every day, I help my team-mates, I’m positive and I want to win every game.
“I am happy and that’s the most important thing so we will just see what happens.”
We’d love Liverpool to go in for van Dijk in January, but after the club failed to buy a central defender throughout the summer, we’re not holding out much hope.
The 26-year-old would be a giant improvement on Dejan Lovren, but there’s no point longing after him yet when we’ve got a busy November and December schedule to navigate.
Like van Dijk says, let’s just see what happens.