Manager replies when asked if Virgil van Dijk could move to Liverpool FC
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino opens up about Virgil van Dijk's future amid talk of Liverpool FC interest
Mauricio Pellegrino admitted that he can’t guarantee that Virgil van Dijk will remain at Southampton amid talk of Liverpool FC renewing their interest in the defender.
The Reds were heavily linked with a move to sign the Nethelands international in the summer transfer window but Liverpool FC were unable to get a deal over the line.
Liverpool FC were forced to issue a statement apologising to the Saints for their pursuit of the former Celtic defender after Southampton threatened to report the Reds for an alleged tapping up.
Van Dijk handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Liverpool FC but Southampton refused to entertain the prospect of Van Dijk leaving.
The 26-year-old was brought back into the Saints team following the close of the transfer window after training away from the rest of the Southampton squad in pre-season.
Van Dijk has started five games since the close of the summer transfer window but speculation has continued to link the Netherlands international to Liverpool FC.
Asked about Van Dijk leaving Southampton in the January transfer window amid continued links to Liverpool FC, Saints boss Pellegrino told his pre-match news conference on Friday:
“I don’t know. I can’t control the market. You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price.
“The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players.”
Liverpool FC signed four players in the summer transfer window.