Van Dijk left out of Southampton's pre-season trip

Southampton star Virgil van Dijk and Leipzig ace Naby Keita are Liverpool targets

Liverpool would have to top Benjamin Mendy's Manchester City fee - making the Saints centre-back the world's most expensive defender.

Liverpool remain in the market for new signings this summer, but with pursuits of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder hitting brick walls, Jurgen Klopp may have to go back to the drawing board.

The Reds boss has been chasing the 25-year-old Netherlands global central defender since the end of last season, but they dropped their interest and issued an apology to the Saints when accused of trying to tap up the former Celtic man.

The Spaniard, who played for Liverpool in 2005 before joining Rafael Benítez's backroom staff, questioned whether the player is now "100 per-cent" there "psychologically" as he ordered him to train separately from the club's first-team squad.

Well, Virgil van Dijk has made sure that he will be the primary character in the most dramatic transfer of the summer.

A move could yet transpire, although it is likely to hinge on van Dijk's attitude and his willingness to force a move.

I had to say: 'If you don't want to be involved because you don't feel OK then you have to train alone until this period of time happens'.

"I need to work with players who are 100 per cent to defend Southampton. He's the captain so someone of that class you'd want to be involved".

I think we'll see the Dutchman complete his move to Anfield over the coming weeks and he'll be a superb addition to Klopp's squad as van Dijk has developed in to arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League over the past two years.

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