Southampton braced to lose Netherlands defender to Liverpool – report

Liverpool are chasing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in the British media

Southampton are resigned to losing Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, according to reports in the British media.

The Sun are reporting that the Saints are facing a losing battle to keep the Netherlands international as Liverpool look to improve their defensive options in the title race.

The same article states that Jurgen Klopp is plotting a £40m offer for Van Dijk and Sam McQueen in the January transfer window as the Reds look to cement their place towards the top of the table.

Liverpool are no strangers to poaching Southampton’s best talent after signing Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren from the south coast club in recent seasons.

Klopp made Sadio Mane his most-expensive signing of the summer transfer window after the Senegal international completed a £34m move from the Saints in July.

Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind leaders Chelsea after a strong start to the new campaign, but that has not stopped speculation about the club making potential reinforcements in the January transfer window.

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The Merseyside outfit, who beat Leeds United 2-0 in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night, will make the long trip to Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.

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