Liverpool should not give up on signing Virgil van Dijk and history suggests a deal is still possible, according to Graeme Souness.
The Reds’ interest in the Southampton defender is well known.
Earlier in the summer Liverpool were forced to issue an apology over their pursuit of the Dutch international for fear of a severe reprimand regarding their conduct.
In that apology Liverpool said they had ended all interest in Van Dijk.
Liverpool statement on Van Dijk in June
‘Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.
‘We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.
‘We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.’
However, recent reports suggest that stance has changed with manager Jurgen Klopp desperate to bolster his defence and eyeing Van Dijk as his top target.
Legendary Liverpool player and former manager Souness believes Klopp is right to pursue Van Dijk and believes Southampton’s history of selling to Liverpool is a cause for optimism.
‘A new centre-half, that would have been the main one for me,’ Souness told TalkSport with regards to where the Reds need strengthening.
‘If I was manager of Liverpool at this time I would have pushed the boat out and done whatever you had to do to get the boy Van Dijk.
‘It looks like Southampton are digging their heels in, but they do sell players, they have done consistently over the last few years.
Southampton players signed by Liverpool since 2014
‘I’m an enormous fan of Van Dijk, I would love for him to go to Liverpool. When a player makes things look easy, that tells you they’re really good at what they do.
‘Whoever gets him would improve them greatly, and it’ll be a shame if it’s not Liverpool. But, it may still happen, we don’t know.’
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July 22 – West Brom/Leicester (Hong Kong, PL Asia Trophy)
July 29 – Hertha BSC (Olympiastadion)
Aug 1 – Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena, Audi Cup)
Aug 2 – Atletico Madrid/Napoli (Allianz Arena, Audi Cup)
Aug 5 – Athletic Bilbao (Aviva Stadium)
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Liverpool’s only major signing so far this summer is Mohamed Salah, who arrived from Roma for around £39million.