Van Dijk Tipped To Force Transfer To Liverpool

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Dutch Defender Virgil van Dijk’s proposed move to Liverpool is not over as he can choose to force a transfer, says Liverpool legend John Aldridge.

The Southampton defender has emerged as a top target for the Reds as they seek to bolster their ranks ahead of a return to Champions League competition.

He told the Sunday World: “Players and their agents hold all the power these days and if he says he won’t kick another ball for Southampton and demands a move, it will happen.

“Tapping up goes on all the time in the game and even if Liverpool went a bit far in their pursuit of Van Dijk before they spoke to Southampton, I don’t believe this transfer story is dead in the water.

“Van Dijk needs to make the next move and I reckon he will tell Southampton that he wants out and he wants to go to Liverpool.

“I don’t like the way the game has gone in some ways and players can hold clubs to ransom if they want a move and big money offers are coming in, but that is the way of the world now.

“I still see this transfer happening one way or the other and I certainly hope it does because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.”

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