Virgil Van Dijk has been urged to go on strike to force through a move from Southampton to Liverpool this summer.
The Reds were forced to apologise after being accused of tapping-up Van Dijk earlier this month, but former Anfield hitman John Aldridge believes the Dutch defender should insist that he wants the move in order to force it through.
Aldridge said: “Players and their agents hold all the power these days and if he says he won’t kick another ball for Southampton and demands a move, it will happen.”
Liverpool also claimed they had dropped their interest in the player, who is rated at around £70million, but Van Dijk is still said to favour a switch to Anfield, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
Aldridge added: “Tapping up goes on all the time in the game and even if Liverpool went a bit far in their pursuit of Van Dijk before they spoke to Southampton, I don’t believe this transfer story is dead in the water.
“Van Dijk needs to make the next move and I reckon he will tell Southampton that he wants out and he wants to go to Liverpool.
“I don’t like the way the game has gone in some ways and players can hold clubs to ransom if they want a move and big money offers are coming in, but that is the way of the world now.
“I still see this transfer happening one way or the other and I certainly hope it does because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.”