Liverpool will bid for Virgil van Dijk this summer if Southampton make it clear that they are receptive to offers for the Dutchman while Naby Keïta seems increasingly unlikely to join the Reds.

Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino ordered Virgil van Dijk to train alone this week after the Dutchman told the South Coast club he wants a summer move to Liverpool.

As such, Southampton have travelled to France for pre-season preparations without their captain while a summer transfer saga between Liverpool and the Saints brews once more.

According to James Pearce, Liverpool will bid for van Dijk this summer but only if Southampton make it clear that they are open to receiving bids for the 26-year-old.

Due to the fact that Liverpool were involved in a ‘tapping up’ row over van Dijk, matters are complicated considerably so the Reds need to wait for Southampton to make it clear that bids are welcome for their Dutch defender.

It is a widely shared opinion that centre-back is in more desperate need of attention in the summer transfer window and therefore so many fans see van Dijk as the priority transfer target when compared to Naby Keïta.

This is rather fortunate, as it seems as though the Reds could miss out on the Guinean this summer with RB Leipzig absolutely adamant that they won’t sell their prized asset.

According to Chris Bascombe, “Liverpool are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta this summer and are ready to shelve their interest until next year.”

Liverpool will reportedly wait until next summer to activate the 22-year-old’s £48 million release clause.

After the Germans rejected two bids worth £57m and £66m respectively, Liverpool have no intention of continuing in their pursuit of Keïta this summer.

Despite what Bascombe reports, James Pearce believes that Liverpool are still yet to decide on whether a third bid will be submitted or not.

While there is every chance that Liverpool could end up with neither of their top targets for the 2017 summer transfer window, patience is advised.

Virgil van Dijk is a player that could still join the Reds and very much wants to. Whether or not he is allowed to is up to Southampton who are desperate to stop the steady flow of players transferring to Liverpool.

The next week will be absolutely crucial for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp will be back at Melwood and will be able to personally discuss matters with sporting director Michael Edwards.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


  1. Wait for next year to buy Keïta. I don’t think we can afford both Keïta and van Dijk this season.
    Personally I think we will get van Dijk in the January window and my guess is it will be £40m plus Sakho.
    Both Saints and Liverpool will want to come out of this without egg on their face.

  2. Liverpool want Van Dik and Van Dik wants to play for Liverpool. It is as simple as that. We can all relax when he is on board. he has already indicated he want to go. He is training alone. He is not on the french tour. All we need is pen to paper and we can start thinking about our Champions League strategy.