Jurgen Klopp’s quest to bolster his squad this summer has seen him remain obstinate in the transfer window. The Reds are fighting to keep Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona grasps but they have another battle in making sure they sign a much sough-after defender.
Liverpool have been told to hands off Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk by the club’s chairman Ralph Krueger. Liverpool have stated categorically their desire to sign Van Dijk this summer, the 26-year-old submitted a transfer request in a bid to complete the move to Anfield but that earned him the sanction of training alone.
Southampton earlier reported Liverpool to the English FA back in June for having private talks with Van Dijk’s representatives without due permission.
However Ralph Krueger has posited that Southampton are no longer going to be a selling club, suggesting they won’t be arm-twisted to sell their star defender this summer.
“Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal,” Krueger said.
“It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture – a change of course for Southampton.
“The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy. Second summer three went out, seven came in, and third summer five went out, five came in.
“Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become. We want to mature, we want to be a team that can profit from synergies that create a much more attractive football and a better product for the fans, and gives us a chance to get back into Europe.
“That’s one player in this whole equation of 25 and it is the visible one, but for us it’s the principle and it’s the path and it’s the statement we need to make to get to a new space as a club.
“We are very, very adamant about carrying this through. The new partnership has completely and wholly backed our strategy and plan and on September 1 people will see how serious we were and are.”
Liverpool were atrocious in the opening game against Watford where they conceded three goals. Against Hoffenheim, the 2-1 away win merely papered the cracks as the defensive partnership of Joel Matip and dejan Lovren were left exposed in the Champions League First playoff game.
With the Champions League football in view, Klopp knows he must bolster his defence since relying solely on outscoring the opponent is not a good strategy for a side hopeful of winning major trophies this season.
According to transfermarkt, the Dutch star is valued at 30,00 Mill. €.