Southampton have conceded defeat to Liverpool and will allow Virgil Van Dijk to move to Anfield if the Reds meet the Saints’ £70million valuation, according to reports.
The Dutchman handed in a transfer request last summer in a desperate bid to force through a move to Merseyside but Southampton were unhappy with Liverpool’s actions and the Reds apologised for speaking to Van Dijk without permission.
That soured relations between the two clubs and Liverpool opted not to sign an alternative to Van Dijk after it became apparent that Southampton would not let him go.
However, Jurgen Klopp remains a huge admirer of the former Celtic man and he’s got the funds to go for him again in January.
And Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to rule out selling the centre-back in January.
‘I don’t know. I can’t control the market,’ said Pellegrino.
‘You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price.
‘The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players.
‘I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.’
Liverpool have conceded 17 goals so far this term, more than the likes of Bournemouth and Huddersfield.
Klopp’s yet to address the Reds’ leaky defence in the two years since his appointment at Anfield and has signed the likes of Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip.
“Everybody is focused on their area, to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.”