Virgil van Dijk has opened up over his failed summer move to Liverpool and the wantaway Dutchman has revealed that he has no regrets over forcing Southampton to sell.
In fact, the 26-year-old defender, who released an inflammatory statement along with the transfer request in August criticising the south coast club for their unprofessional behaviour during the whole saga, hasn’t ruled out a possible move in January.
“I’m not sorry for anything,” Van Dijk told Fox Sports (cited on Sky Sports) ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Sweden.
“Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me, but you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.
“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”
It’s crystal clear that the Dutch star is still eager to leave the Saints but just like Coutinho, he is unlikely to behave in the same manner in January in order to keep his World Cup dreams alive.
While most are almost convinced that signing Van Dijk is the ultimate solution for our defensive frailties, it is still not clear whether the Reds will even make an official approach in the winter for their summer target.
Dejan Lovren revealed last week how he has been playing through multiple injuries this season and this clearly shows how little Klopp trusts Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez in the central role, despite him saying during the summer window that he’s happy with his options at the back.
There’s no doubt our defence is in a dire state as we can’t stop conceding at the moment and Van Dijk or not, we desperately need a top centre-back signing in January to salvage a season that already looks to be slipping away.