No Retreat for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk after Liverpool FC Fails to Sign Him

Virgil van Dijk, the Holland international soccer player and center back at Southampton seems to have focused on leaving his club due to his obsession to join Liverpool FC. As stated by Peter Odemwingie, the 26-year-old Dutchman now has an even worse situation at Southampton, which has rendered his position unsustainable. Even as van Dijk sets himself up to leave the club for Liverpool, most sports betting sites that offers English Premier League odds seem to reflect the tension surrounding the defender’s yearning to join the Reds at Anfield.

Last month, Liverpool FC almost sealed a deal with Southampton for the Dutchman; However, things did not work out as expected because the south-coast EPL club lodged a striking complaint about an alleged tapping up of the Saints center-back. With such unforeseen circumstances, Liverpool had to send an apology statement to Southampton management, which consequently pointed towards an apparent loss of interest for van Dijk. However, the center back seemed to remain unperturbed with the happenings after which he told Mauricio Pellegrino, the manager, that he actually wants to leave the club for greener pastures elsewhere.

With many issues still at stake, the Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds management remains on a wait-and-see mode as they tread carefully while weighting the current situation in line with the future of the club. However, Odemwingie analyzed the situation and declared that Virgil van Dijk does not have even a slim chance of maintaining his position at St. Mary’s because he was already left out of the squad that flew out to France, as other Southampton teammates begin their pre-season tour.

According to Odemwingie, many competitive players who undergo the same situation usually follow a rough path before getting back to their game. Consistent with the sentiments of the ex-striker at West Brom and Stoke, van Dijk is at the center of a bad situation affecting both clubs, which means the center back will not have ample time to play as before. As such, even his fans will feel disoriented if he fails to secure a place at either clubs or even elsewhere because he has already declared his passion to leave the club.

In a deeper perspective, van Dijk has a difficult situation at the moment, even though many other big clubs are on his case to sign him in the end. From van Dijk’s standpoint, leaving Southampton is a personal decision even though the club is big enough to sustain his career goals and needs Even with the multitude of fans supporting him, it is important to understand his situation from his point of view so that he can make the best out of his career. Therefore, his decision to leave Southampton could land him a place at Liverpool. Which would make him gain more respect while playing for European trophies.

As soon as van Dijk expressed his desire to leave Southampton, Pellegrino said that the 60m-rated center-back did not stop his training schedule, which he did on his own. With all his senses focused on leaving the club, the decision led to his manager declaring that he does not wish to become part of the unfolding story until all falls into place.

  • Matt Metzgar

    We have to be the worst club ever at signings! Why are we timid about Van Dijk? Tapping up? Give me a break, every club goes after who they want at any means necessary! That’s how you build a champions league worthy squad!!! Keita bid needs to be higher? Then raise it!!! I would rather start building a quality squad then keep buying cut rate bargains, watching them mature and selling to the reals and barcas of the game! Any other top club would pay 150 for 2 high quality players, they have to! Its called staying at the top! Quite simple, drop off 70 at southampton and 80 at leipzig! Tell Barca to shove off, for once, and if reports are to be believed, still have 50 in the 200 war chest! Striker options? Could you imagine a diamond with keita at bottom, coutinho up top with salah and mane on the flanks? Van Dijk, matip, clyne and robertson? You should, because thats exactly what we need if we want to be successful in europe. We want the milners, cans, hendersons, lovrens and lallanas coming off the bench, not starting!!! Yeah, thats called depth. Something thats alluded the club for about a decade now! Suarez bit someone and now we have to sell him to barca? What??? He could chew the queens throat out live on sky sports and I’d start him saturday!!! We need to get some balls, build a powerhouse and quit being a high tier feeder club!!! If we dont we will just be another step on the ladder on the way to the top instead of destination. Buying low and selling high wont put trophies in the cabinet, just more and more disappointing transfer windows where the highlight isnt who were signing, but the talent were about to lose… again…

  • Matt Metzgar

    We have to be the worst club ever at signings! Why are we timid about Van Dijk? Tapping up? Give me a break, every club goes after who they want at any means necessary! That’s how you build a champions league worthy squad!!! Keita bid needs to be higher? Then raise it!!! I would rather start building a quality squad then keep buying cut rate bargains, watching them mature and selling to the reals and barcas of the game! Any other top club would pay 150 for 2 high quality players, they have to! Its called staying at the top! Quite simple, drop off 70 at southampton and 80 at leipzig! Tell Barca to shove off, for once, and if reports are to be believed, still have 50 in the 200 war chest! Striker options? Could you imagine a diamond with keita at bottom, coutinho up top with salah and mane on the flanks? Van Dijk, matip, clyne and robertson? You should, because thats exactly what we need if we want to be successful in europe. We want the milners, cans, hendersons, lovrens and lallanas coming off the bench, not starting!!! Yeah, thats called depth. Something thats alluded the club for about a decade now! Suarez bit someone and now we have to sell him to barca? What??? He could chew the queens throat out live on sky sports and I’d start him saturday!!! We need to get some balls, build a powerhouse and quit being a high tier feeder club!!! If we dont we will just be another step on the ladder on the way to the top instead of destination. Buying low and selling high wont put trophies in the cabinet, just more and more disappointing transfer windows where the highlight isnt who were signing, but the talent were about to lose… again…

  • Redz

    I agree with you 100% there was no need to sell Suarez , Barca played him so I don’t know why other fans were demanding for him to leave English, we shouldn’t be bullied

  • Mark Crosby

    Why we are timid about Van Dijk is because if Southampton can prove we tapped him up (and I’d guess given our swift U-turn on the matter, they can,) then we could be slapped with a transfer embargo! THEN we’d be pretty darn poor at completing signings, coz we wouldn’t be allowed to!!!

    As for Keita? If we slap 80mill on the table now, what makes you think Rangnick will suddenly renege on his “we will not sell him at any price” stance?? We’re talking about Red Bull! An extra 15million quid is a drop in the ocean to them!!

    In both cases, our frustrations should not be aimed at LFC but at the players in question… IF they want to join us. If they don’t, it won’t happen. Sure, we’ve all read that they both do, but for that to happen now, we need both of them to force the move. We face two very similar situations whereby the players need to cause a stir if they are going to secure a move that will propel them to the next stage of their careers.

    And I’m shocked you’re even bringing Suarez into this, given the situation with both of the above. Suarez should only serve as an example to you that if a player wants to move he can make it happen. Would you both have preferred Suarez underperforming and diminishing team morale, while costing the club £200,000 a week?? The player is very much in control of where he plays his football – regardless of his outstanding contract.

    Until VVD and Keita realise this, and make it happen, we will be… where? Doing nothing but sitting waiting for it to happen. Why? Because it WILL happen.

    Lay off on FSG, they’re doing exactly the right thing. Both players will sign for LFC before the window closes. You heard it here first!