Liverpool FC and Virgil van Dijk desperate to agree transfer deal, claims ex-striker

John Aldridge believes Liverpool FC and Virgil van Dijk are both keen on a transfer agreement despite their summer saga

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

Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk are both desperate to complete a transfer deal, according to John Aldridge.

The Merseyside outfit were heavily linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool were rumoured to be on the brink of agreeing a £60m deal to finally signing a top-class centre-half.

However, the Reds were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton over their pursuit of Van Dijk.

Indeed, the Merseyside outfit officially ended their interest in the former Celtic defender back in June.

The Saints captain continued to be linked with a move to sign Van Dijk, while the 26-year-old handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move.

But Southampton refused to budge and Van Dijk was forced to remain at St Mary’s beyond the summer transfer window.

The south coast club will make the long trip to Anfield on Saturday when the Liverpool supporters get a close look at their summer target.

Former Reds striker Aldridge believes Liverpool and Van Dijk are still both desperate to complete a deal.

“Look, it’s going to be a difficult afternoon for Virgil van Dijk,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.

“He’s professional and he has to do his job for his current team, but it’s a strange situation. We’re desperate for him, he’s desperate for us, everyone knows it.”

Liverpool were 4-1 winners against West Ham United in their last Premier League game at St Mary’s.

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