Liverpool: Van Dijk rumours hot up

The Dutchman is known to be high on the Reds wanted list, but for one reason or another they have been unable to wrap up a deal for the central defender.

However that could be about to change as Van Dijk was omitted from Saints’ match-day squad that faced Huddersfield, as rumours continue of a January transfer to either Liverpool or Manchester City.

Saints boss Manuel Pellegrino insisted those transfer links had not played a part in his decision to leave out the Holland defender, but accepted he can do little to stop such talk.

Asked why he had left out Van Dijk, Pellegrino replied: “I decided that was best for this moment. This is the reason. I am responsible for picking 11 players, and I intend to pick the best for the team.

“Around him will be a lot of speculation and we have to wait to see what happens.”

Asked if Van Dijk has already played his last game for Saints, Pellegrino added: “I don’t know. We’ll have to wait, but I will repeat, there will be a lot of speculation around him. We have to wait.”

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