Liverpool confident of signing this £50m defender: He’ll join on one condition

LIVERPOOL reportedly remain confident of signing Virgil van Dijk despite Claude Puel claiming he will be staying at Southampton.

Van Dijk, 25, has been heavily linked with a big-money move away from Southampton this summer with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keen to bolster his defensive ranks ahead of next season.

Saints boss Puel insists his captain, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, will be going nowhere.

However, the Daily Star claim Liverpool will continue to go all out to sign Van Dijk as they are confident they can convince him to switch St Mary’s for Anfield.

It is claimed the Dutch international is keen on a move to Liverpool, but will only consider a transfer if they finish in the top four and secure Champions League football.

The report adds the Reds are willing to stump up £50million to get a deal over the line.

Puel said: “Virgil had a bad injury, but now it’s okay, his surgery is finished and he can work normally and go into the gym for rehabilitation and come back next season with us … with us!

“He’s our captain and he’s important for us. He has matured and taken leadership on the team. He’s a fantastic player we know well.

“He’s important for us and now, of course, we will wait to the beginning of the season to see him on the pitch with Southampton.”

Van Dijk has made 30 appearances for Southampton across all competitions this term and is contracted to the club until 2022.