Liverpool have remained reluctant to make an approach for the Netherlands worldwide, however, having been forced to make a public apology over their initial pursuit in June. The transfer market is open until August 31.
In a campaign that lacked Champions League football, Liverpool's lack of back-up performers meant their season fell apart when Sadio Mane left for global duty in January's African Cup of Nations, with injuries to Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and treatment room season ticket holder Daniel Sturridge adding to their woes.
Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk has submitted a formal transfer request to the club, as the Dutchman pushes for a move to Liverpool. We can not force the things and we would never get a centre back just [for the sake of it].
"Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger".
"I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I've always enjoyed with everyone at the club, especially the fans, but in light of everything that's happened this has now been seriously affected. Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino left his captain out of the squad for the pre-season trip to France as the defender was psychologically not prepared to join the rest of the teammates.
"Unfortunately I feel I have no alternative after I was given notice of the club's intention to impose a disciplinary sanction against me of a fine equivalent to two weeks wages".
The Saints signed Van Dijk from Scottish club Celtic for £13m ($17m) in 2015. I think only one player is not enough to improve our team, ' said Conte. You saw it. He has matured 100 per cent. Ryan Kent looked unbelievable, Dom (Solanke) - yes maybe a few guys expected that, maybe not.