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Virgil van Dijk names the two EPL clubs he thinks will go furthest in the Champions League

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One of the big transfer sagas of the summer saw Virgil Van Dijk pursued by Liverpool in an ultimately fruitless endeavour.

The South coast club have made a habit out of selling to Liverpool, but they were in no mood to lose their star man this summer.

The Dutch centre-back made it clear he wanted to work under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, but Southampton would end up reporting Liverpool to the Premier League and the Reds subsequently ended their interest in the player with a public apology.

However, many believed that Van Dijk still had his heart set on a move to Liverpool and, eventually, he will get his wish.

The former Celtic man is still with Southampton after returning from a long-standing ankle injury just last week, whereas Liverpool are currently playing in the Champions League.

And he's clearly watching them closely.

When asked which English side would go furthest in the Champions League this season Van Dijk, speaking at the launch of EA SPORTS FIFA 18, told Squawka: “I think Liverpool and Man City maybe.”

On their chances of winning the competition outright, he added: “You never know. It’s always going to be difficult and [it’s] a different style of play – European nights are always different.

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“Anything can happen, especially if you are the big English clubs who are in the Champions League at the moment.”

Van Dijk clearly craves to be apart of Europe's premier competition, much like Romelu Lukaku did whilst laying for Everton last season.

The big Belgian forward is now playing up front for Manchester United and has made a flying start to life at Old Trafford. Ironically, Van Dijk could have the same effect for Liverpool in the near future.

The 26-year-old is one of the most coveted defenders in Europe and Liverpool have been almost comical at times in defence this term with the joint-third-worst defence after six games in the Premier League this season.

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