Reds hand massive blow as £70m target shocks Liverpool fans by his decision

DEFENDER Virgil van Dijk insists he has put his flirtations with Liverpool behind him and is happy at Southampton.

The Dutchman asked for a transfer in July to try and force through a dream move to Anfield but Saints refused to let him leave.

Van Dijk, who was stripped of the captaincy, said: “Firstly, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on anything that happened before.

“But I am giving 100 per cent for the club. I work hard every day, I help my team-mates, I’m positive and I want to win every game.

“I am happy and that’s the most important thing so we will just see what happens.”

Van Dijk has also taken a swipe at Saints’ misfiring strikers after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have failed to score in nine of their last 16 games.

Van Dijk, who is due to face Liverpool in the next game after the international break, said: “It’s very clear that we should have scored. We should have done much better. We can’t be losing at home against Burnley, with all due respect, and we are all very disappointed.

“You work hard to score and we had lots of opportunities. We have to try and keep a clean sheet as well and it’s frustrating for us defenders that from their only chance they got a goal.

“Every game is important and it’s going to be even more important now for us to get some points – and we know that we can play very well against everyone. But we just need to keep going, stay positive and work hard every week.