Having made it perfectly clear that he wants out of Southampton, Virgil van Dijk is now waiting for Liverpool to make an official bid for his signature.
The Holland international submitted a transfer request earlier this week, citing his ambition to play in the UEFA Champions League as a motive for his decision. He also claimed he had been mistreated by the club, who recently imposed a two-week fine on him which he feels was unjustified.
Van Dijk had earlier this summer expressed an interest in joining Liverpool, who were forced to abandon their interest in the defender and issue a public apology to their Premier League rivals for making an approach to lure the former Celtic star without gaining permission from his employers.
But following these latest developments, it is understood that the 26-year-old is hopeful that Jurgen Klopp’s side will resurrect their interest. The Reds would, of course, have to go through the correct channels this time, and it would cost them at least £60million to land their top target.
They would also likely face competition from Chelsea. Antonio Conte knows he needs to bolster his squad with more quality ahead of the transfer deadline, but the Premier League champions would have to persuade van Dijk he would get the regular first team football he would likely receive at Anfield.