Journo confirms: Liverpool to renew in £50m ace interest despite breakdown in pursuit

Times journalist Paul Joyce has set Liverpool fans tongues wagging by suggesting that Liverpool’s attempts to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk may not be over.

The Merseyside club were legally obliged to publicly withdraw their interest in the 25-year-old last month after Liverpool were accused by Southampton of tapping up the defender.

However, writing in The Times on Tuesday, journalist Paul Joyce claimed that “that episode is unlikely to have run its course with the transfer window not even officially open.”

The imposing Dutchman missed the final five months of last season after sustaining an ankle injury in a clash with Jamie Vardy following Southampton’s 3-0 win at St Mary’s.

But despite the Netherlands international’s injury woes a number of top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City have been heavily linked with the former Celtic defender as last season came to a close.

Van Dijk was reportedly set to commit his future to Liverpool in a lucrative deal before the injunction, and as the Telegraph reported this morning; it is yet to be discovered how Van Dijk himself interpreted the events and the highly-rated defender could yet push through a deal, should Southampton sanction an approach.

Liverpool fans will be buoyed by the news that the deal may not be over, but Van Dijk’s services won’t come cheap, with Southampton reportedly seeking £50m for the talismanic defender’s services.