Virgil van Dijk’s stand off with Southampton shows no sign of abating after a report on Wednesday suggested the defender is still intent on moving to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp has been chasing the 26-year-old Dutch centre-back all summer, but was initially forced to back off after Saints threaten the Reds over making an illegal approach.
Van Dijk has still not rejoined pre-season training with Southampton, despite talks on Monday aimed at reintegrating the player back into the first-team set-up.
The former Celtic man has not been training with his team-mates since their trip to France last month, and a report in the Southampton local paper has suggested the player remains keen on a move to Anfield.
The Southern Daily Echo claims Van Dijk has told the club there is “no change in his situation, leading the club to inform him that they are also standing firm”.
So it appears the stand off continues, with Van Dijk wanting out and Southampton refusing to sell.
There were reports circulating this week that Klopp was planning a fresh £60million bid for the player, but that has yet to materialise.
Saints though have themselves been linked with a £12million move for Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt. The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Mauricio Pellegrino had held talks with Hoedt – a direct replacement for Van Dijk.
Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida have been his centre-back pairing in pre-season, while they have Poland Under 21 international Jan Bednarek also.
With just under a month to go of the transfer window, if Saints are planning on easing their stance on Van Dijk and allowing him to leave they will not want to leave it too late to draft in a replacement.