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Virgil van Dijk's bold new plan to make sure he signs for Liverpool

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Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk was involved in a summer-long transfer saga. His quotes whilst on international duty suggests it's not over yet.

He was linked to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal but the 26-year-old Dutchman seemingly had his heart set on Liverpool - a club desperate for his services.

Jurgen Klopp failed to secure Van Dijk's signing and the Reds' defence has looked shakier than ever in the early stages of the 2017/18 campaign.

Only West Ham United and Crystal Palace have conceded more goals in the Premier League's opening seven games of the season.

Van Dijk - who has only made two substitute appearances so far this season - was forced to train alone over the summer after handing in a transfer request.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said in July: “The boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. I had to say: ‘If you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK then you have to train alone until this period of time is over.’”

The former Celtic defender is currently away on international duty with Holland and is expected to play in two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

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Currently 3rd in the group, Holland must beat Belarus and Sweden to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Van Dijk's new plan to join Liverpool

The Southampton star has certainly not given up on his dream to join Liverpool and offered some revealing quotes whilst away with his country.

“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible,” Van Dijk told Fox Sports, as per The Guardian.

Pellegrino will undoubtedly be unimpressed by his captain reiterating his desire to leave just days after re-introducing him to Premier League football.

It appears Van Dijk will continue to angle for a move to Liverpool instead of focusing on his football at St. Mary's.

On the failed switch to Merseyside, Van Dijk added: “I have no regrets. I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go. You’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.”

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Following some dismal defensive displays, Liverpool are expected to try and strengthen their defence when the January transfer window opens.

By letting the club know of his desire to leave, Van Dijk is attempting to force Southampton to cash in on him.

Will Southampton finally relent when Klopp comes knocking again? 

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