‘Van Dijk will not be joining Liverpool’ – Pellegrino

Daniel Storey

Southampton coach Mauricio Pellegrino says that Virgil van Dijk will not be leaving for Liverpool this summer.

Van Dijk is still training alone after trying to force through a move to Anfield, earning criticism from Matthew Le Tissier.

Liverpool have shown a clear interest in signing the Dutch central defender, but Southampton are sticking firm.

“The situation is the same. I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he doesn’t want to play for us,” Pellegrini said.

“I would like to bring the boy and to persuade him that he’s important for us and the club will not sell him.

“We are expecting the best for everyone, even for Virgil, but he doesn’t want to be part of the team.”

Will they really refuse all bids and have him stewing? Or will a deal eventually be reached?