Liverpool’s long running chase of Virgil van Dijk could finally have ended.
Jurgen Klopp has finally admitted defeat in the hunt for the Dutchman, and he looks set to trust the defenders he already has at his disposal.
Klopp has been known to be a big admirer of the former Celtic defender, and has been linked with a making a move of around £60m to sign him. He made an approach for the player earlier this summer, an approach that was rejected by Southampton who have remained resolute that he is not for sale at any price. The Saints even reported Liverpool to the Premier League, accusing them of making an illegal approach for their player, a move which led Liverpool to announce they had ended their interest.
However, despite that claim, Klopp didn’t give up his interest and it was widely thought that he would return later in the window with a last gasp offer for a player who is clearly unsettled at St Marys. The defender has been forced to train alone and has not played a single minute of preseason action for the Saints after ‘not being in the right frame of mind.’
Jurgen Klopp has now suggested thathe is happy with the current centre backs he has at the club and there is no need to sign any more – unless they become available:
“We have four centre-backs. I don’t think we need more”
“Just at the moment I’m fine. The transfer market is open until the 31st of August.
“We cannot force things and we would never get a centre-back just because someone is available.
“Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger. Then you win a prize! It’s difficult.”
“I’m happy. You can imagine we still work on different things and we will see if it works.
“I am here to work with this squad and not just always thinking, ‘But if we don’t get this or this’.”
Chelsea are still believed to be interested in signing Van Dijk according to reports over the weekend, despite having already spent over £30m on Antonio Rudiger this summer.
Liverpool open their Premier League campaign on Saturday lunchtime away at Marco Silva’s Watford.