Van Dijk justified in trying to force move - Advocaat

Kristopher Nichols
August 8, 2017

The Reds were forced to apologise for their conduct over the deal however, and subsequently pulled out of the transfer after being accused of making an illegal approach.

Southampton's position remains unchanged despite Van Dijk openly expressing his discontent - but it looks unlikely that we will see him line out for the Saints again, and it's quite possible Van Dijk could be lining out for one of the top six come September.

However, the Saints are refusing to sanction Van Dijk's switch away, insisting he will spend the season at Southampton.

Aurier, a powerful Ivorian full-back, has shown flashes of his vast potential during his 3 years with PSG, though a number of disciplinary problems off the pitch have seen the 24-year-old slip down the pecking order in the French capital, with Thomas Meunier having firmly established himself as the club's first-choice right-back this past season. We can not force the things and we would never get a centre back just because (of the sake of it).

The German told Sky Sports News: "Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger. Five. Then you win a prize", Klopp said.

"Just at the moment I'm fine".

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Van Dijk, capped 12 times by the Netherlands, said the saga had "seriously affected" his relationships with people at the club and Southampton's fans.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino left his captain out of the squad for the pre-season trip to France as the defender was psychologically not prepared to join the rest of the teammates. "I don't think we need more", Klopp said.

Conte is unhappy with his side's business so far this summer and says he needs more signings to compensate for having a "small squad".

He concluded: "The time for me to move on is now and I hope to be able to work with the club to find the best resolution to suit all parties".

In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets.

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