Liverpool hopes over as Van Dijk stays at Southampton

Date published: Thursday 31st August 2017 11:11 - Oli Fisher

Liverpool have ended their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.

Sky Sports News claim that the Dutchman will stay at St Mary’s despite handing in a transfer request earlier in the window.

An update on their Transfer Deadline Day live blog read: “Sources at Southampton are telling us defender Virgil van Dijk is definitely staying at the club.”

Van Dijk preferred a move to Liverpool all summer but Saints appear to have kept their man in what has been a long drawn-out transfer saga.

The Anfield club were accused of tapping up the 26-year-old earlier in the summer, forcing Liverpool to hold back their pursuit of the centre-back.

Metro reported on Thursday evening that it was likely Van Dijk would stay on the South coast, as neither of Liverpool or Chelsea had made an official bid.

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