Liverpool can’t force move to sign top 26-year-old star – report

Liverpool have to "tread very carefully" in pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in England

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

Liverpool haven’t resisted the temptation to force through a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, according to reports in England.

The Independent is reporting that Liverpool are still interested in the Netherlands international but are “treading very carefully” after Southampton threatened to report the Reds earlier this summer.

The same article states that Van Dijk and his representatives are confident that the Netherlands international will leave the EFL Cup runners-up this summer.

According to the Independent, Dutch defender Van Dijk will have to seize the initiative if a move to Liverpool is to materialise in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far as Klopp looks to strengthen his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next term.

The Reds have signed Egypt international Mohamed Salah in a £36.7m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma, while Dominic Solanke swapped Premier League champions Chelsea.

Liverpool have also added Scottish defender Andy Robertson in an £8m deal from relegated side Hull City.

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