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Mauricio Pellegrino has suggested that Southampton could finally sell Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool this winter.
The Dutch defender was Jurgen Klopp’s top and only target to boost the centre of his defence over the summer, but for well publicised reasons, a deal never got done.
Southampton were in no mood to deal with Liverpool after they reported us to the Premier League for illegally approaching their captain; with FSG issuing a public apology.
However, after not making a bid for the player, who has already set his heart on an Anfield switch, Liverpool are likely to back in for van Dijk when the January transfer window opens.
Instead of issuing the customary denial, Pellegrino’s comments give Liverpool fans hope.
“I don’t know. I can’t control the market,” he told the Mirror, when asked if van Dijk could join Liverpool in the winter.
“You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price.
“The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players.
“I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.
“Everybody is focused on their area, to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.
“We have got a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them.”
Following the miserable performances of Dejan Lovren this season, with Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan not a whole lot better, an upgrade is obviously a necessity at the nearest possible opportunity.
It would be downright stupid for Liverpool not to buy a new defender in the New Year.
If Klopp is desperate for Southampton’s 26-year-old, and it very much seems like he is, the club need to fork out the required cash quickly.