Insider backs Liverpool’s approach in race to sign top 26-year-old

ESPN FC reporter Gabriele Marcotti has backed Liverpool's patient approach to signing Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Liverpool are doing the right thing in waiting for Virgil van Dijk’s asking price to drop, according to Gabriele Marcotti.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international from Southampton throughout the summer.

Liverpool were forced to apologise to the Saints over their pursuit of the 25-year-old defender and officially ended their interest in the Dutch star last month.

The Merseyside outfit are still being linked with Van Dijk, although Chelsea and Manchester City are also rumoured to be interested in the Southampton defender.

Van Dijk is currently training away from the rest of his Southampton team-mates after making his desire to leave the club known.

ESPN FC expert Marcotti believes there isn’t a lot of interest in Van Dijk given the summer arrivals at Chelsea and Manchester City.

As a result, the reporter believes Liverpool’s patient approach could pay dividends.

“Man City have been linked but spent their money elsewhere. Chelsea signed Antonio Rudiger. There aren’t many obvious suitors,” Marcotti told ESPN FC.

“Liverpool are doing the right thing waiting this out and getting a price that they are comfortable with.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League.

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