As Liverpool try to ignore Phil Coutinho’s pleas to leave the club, they are still trying to beseech Virgil Van Dijk to join, and turn his back on Southampton.

That looks like it won’t happen however, as the club’s chairman Ralph Krueger had told the Independent that the club are very firm in their stance that Van Dijk will not be permitted to leave the club.

Southampton have recently sold a big stake in the club to Chinese investors, and they are adamant that they will no longer be a selling club.

Krueger told the Independent:

Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal. It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture – a change of course for Southampton.

The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy.

Second summer three went out, seven came in, and third summer five went out, five came in.

Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become….we are very, very adamant about carrying this through.

Whereas they will hold firm remain to be seen, but it is certain that the Saints are more adamant about the Van Dijk situation than they have about any other potential transfer at the club of late.

[Independent]

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