Chairman replies when asked if Liverpool are signing top 26-year-old

Southampton have no intention of selling Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to the club's chairman

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

Virgil van Dijk will not be sold by Southampton to Liverpool in the summer transfer window, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger.

The 26-year-old defender’s future has been a relentless source of speculation throughout the summer and was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool back in June.

The Reds were thought to be closing in on the signature of the defender but they were forced to withdraw their interest and issue a statement apologising to Southampton after they were accused of an alleged illegal approach.

However, Liverpool continue to be linked with the defender and the player himself has sparked further suggestions he could be set to leave Southampton by handing in a transfer request.

But Saints chairman Krueger has now insisted that the south coast club have no intention of selling Van Dijk this summer.

Krueger is quoted as saying by the Independent: “Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal.

“It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture – a change of course for Southampton.”

Liverpool have signed three players so far this summer after having tied up deals for Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke.

However, their defending was once again called into question on Saturday when they conceded three goals in their 3-3 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road in their Premier League opener.

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