Reds 26-year-old target asks his club to approve his transfer to Liverpool

As per the English media outlets, Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk is desperate to join Liverpool this summer and will ask his club to approve his transfer to Merseyside giants.

The reports from Times claim that the Dutchman is doing ‘all he can’ to force through a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side and Liverpool’s interest in the centre-back has continued despite claiming earlier this summer that they will not pursue a deal.

Meanwhile, the same sources suggest that 26-year-old Van Dijk has demanded further talks with Southampton as he attempts to join the Reds before the transfer window closes.

The Netherlands international is currently training alone at Southampton following orders from new head coach Mauricio Pellegrino, although the club are refusing to entertain offers for the player who is valued at £60m.

It is believed that Van Dijk is well aware that Jurgen Klopp has alternative transfer targets in mind and is concerned that his interest could end if Southampton maintain their current stance.

Liverpool fans were given a boost on Tuesday after Van Dijk was absent from Southampton’s promotional video which showed the players filming their walk-ons for television ahead of the new season.