Liverpool FC hopeful of signing top 26-year-old in January – journalist

Liverpool are hopeful of concluding a deal to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the January transfer window, according to journalist Andy Kelly.

The Reds were heavily linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international in the summer transfer window but a move for the 26-year-old failed to materialise and he ended up staying at St Mary’s.

Liverpool were thought to be close to tying up a deal for Van Dijk back in June but the Reds were forced to withdraw their interest and issue a public apology to Southampton after the Saints accused them of an alleged illegal approach.

That did not prevent the speculation from continuing however, and Liverpool Echoeditor Andy Kelly claims that a deal for Van Dijk could now be reignited in January.

Kelly told YouTube channel Redmen TV: “I think we were right to be hopeful.

“And I think we’re probably still right to be hopeful going forward, as we move towards January.

“I went up to Melwood, just as the window was starting and the vibe from the club was always, and this was the message really they wanted to be seen coming from Michael Edwards [sporting director] as well, that they weren’t going to accept second best.

“Michael Edwards wanted to deliver Jurgen Klopp’s number one choices.

“That’s not giving away any secrets to anyone because everyone will have seen by the way Liverpool acted all window that they wanted number one choices.”

Liverpool made four signings in the summer transfer window after completing deals for Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Merseyside outfit have also agreed a deal to sign midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig next summer.