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Van Dijk can leave Southampton: Manchester City ahead of Liverpool

Van Dijk can leave Southampton: Manchester City ahead of Liverpool

I suspect a deal is probably in place for Coutinho to be sold next summer so by getting Van Dijk now, Liverpool would have a chance to have a real go at challenging for the Champions League and second spot in the Premier League in the second half of the season.

The defender has fallen out of favour with current boss Mauricio Pellegrino due to his alleged lack of commitment to the club.

The Telegraph are reporting that Premier League leaders Manchester City are closing in on a 60 million pounds deal to sign Virgin van Dijk in January.

There are rumours that Manchester City and Chelsea also want him, with the clubs backed by sugar-daddy owners always willing to spend the kind of money that can blow all their rivals away, but Liverpool have to take them on this time and get Van Dijk.

"I have to decide what's best for the team and around Virgil, there has been a lot of speculation", he started. "We have to wait".

'The manager decides what is the best. "We can't use this performance as an excuse".

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Van Dijk was also left out of the squad on Saturday as Saints earned a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. The board made a decision to try to keep our best player at the club.

"The fans have the same feeling we have", said Pellegrino, whose Southampton team have now won one of their last 11 games.

'This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club'.

"He's part of our club and he's an important player for us, but we'll see what happens".

The Netherlands global joined the St Mary's outfit in 2015 from Celtic, where he scored 15 goals in 115 first-team appearances.