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Liverpool handed major boost in transfer pursuit of £70million star after manager hint

  • Liverpool look to have been boosted in their Virgil van Dijk transfer pursuit
  • The Reds tried to sign the £70million-rated Southampton star in the summer
  • Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has hinted he’s powerless to stop him leaving
  • READ MORE: (Video) Virgil Van Dijk adds a few million to his price-tag

Liverpool have reportedly been given ‘the green light’ to go back in for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.

Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying the Dutchman’s future will be decided by the club’s owners, not by him.

Pellegrino seemed reluctant to rule out selling Van Dijk, whom the Mirror say is rated at around £70million after Liverpool’s failed efforts to land him in the summer.

Asked about Van Dijk’s future, the Southampton boss replied: ‘I don’t know. I can’t control the market.

‘You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price.

‘The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players.

Virgil van Dijk Southampton

Liverpool reportedly tried to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window

‘I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.

‘Everybody is focused on their area, to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.

‘We have got a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them.’

Liverpool certainly still look like they could do with tightening up at the back after a difficult start to the season has seen them let in some sloppy goals.

Dejan Lovren in action for Liverpool

Van Dijk could certainly be an upgrade on struggling Liverpool ace Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren was recently hauled off before half time in the defeat at Tottenham, and Jurgen Klopp should be worried by the fact that have conceded more goals than anyone in the top 8 in the table.

Van Dijk has shone for Southampton and looks the ideal candidate to come in and help make the Reds more solid.

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