Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool need no more centre-backs'

Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool need no more centre-backs'

Because of that, Saints official, who refuse to accept defeat in persuading van Dijk to stay, would prefer to deal with Chelsea as oppose to Jurgen Klopp's Merseysiders, reports the Times.

I have been left frustrated by the club's position and am disappointed enquires from top clubs have been constantly rebuffed.

Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13 million ($16.9 million, 14.4 million euros) move in September 2015 and has since emerged as one of the most imposing centre-backs in the Premier League.

"In the moment I'm fine". Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media.

"It is with regret that I can confirm that I have handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton Football Club", van Dijk's lengthy statement read.

The 26-year-old also described any suggestions that he had refused to train as untrue and "insulting" and claimed he had been open and honest in informing Pellegrino that he did not feel he was in a "settled mindset".

'We need more players, not top level like Neymar but more players to improve our squad and our quality'.

The German told Sky Sports News: "Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger".

France worldwide Sakho is expected to be moved on, with could alter Klopp's stance, but for now Van Dijk is generating stronger links to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea than title hopefuls at Anfield.

Liverpool are believed to be the Dutch centre-half's preferred destination, but the Reds could be cautious in their approach of the defender as an earlier enquiry led to them issuing an apology to the Saints and "formally ending their interest". After all, Van Dijk has made it clear multiple times that he wants to move and he wants to move to Liverpool at that.

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