Giants reportedly set to place formal bid for Liverpool target

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The other major talking points regarding Liverpool's transfer window activity surrounds Philippe Coutinho, who missed his second consecutive game of the season with a back injury amid reports he has submitted a transfer request after Barcelona had two bids knocked back by the five-time European champions.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says that the club will not sell Chelsea and Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk this summer due to needing to make a statement.

A conclusion in the ongoing saga for the Saints star is said to be close and with Mauricio Pellegrino resigned to losing the centre-back he has switched his attentions to replacing the wantaway star.

"We want to mature, we want to be a team that can profit from synergies that create a much more attractive football and a better product for the fans, and gives us a chance to get back into Europe".

Jurgen Klopp has been desperate to lure van Dijk to Anfield but a proposed move was derailed earlier in the summer when Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for tapping-up the defender.

'The first summer I was here five players went out and six went in, not counting academy.

Van Dijk has asked to leave Saints amid interest from Liverpool, who have signed five players from the south coast club for a combined £96m since 2014, Chelsea and Arsenal.

'We're very, very adamant about carrying this through.

"We got things wrong and what do I want to do to sort it?"

Despite those strong words, Krueger hinted there may be room for a deal to be completed if the right offer was lodged, amid rumours that Chelsea are preparing a big money bid to sign Van Dijk. "Strength of the contracts, age of the group and the experiences of past year like going to a cup final gave us the feeling this is a group that tasted that winning and keeping them together would give us the chance to reach another level".



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