Southampton fans were left to drown their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side lose at Stoke.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into Saturday’s clash at the bet365 Stadium off the back of just one win in their preceding four Premier League games, and that run stretched to five thanks to goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch, either side of a Maya Yoshida equaliser.
That defeat, a third of the season in the league, leaves the Saints 12th in the division over the international break, and several of our resident Southampton supporters are unlikely to be too happy with a recent report from Fox Sports (via The Daily Mirror) either, which includes some intriguing quotes from wantaway star Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands international moved to St Mary’s back in 2015 and immediate set about becoming one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, and as such speculation was building about a possible move away during the summer, namely to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
However, no deal materialised and the 26-year-old remains a Southampton player, and will do until January at least, yet his recent comments while away on international duty suggest that his thoughts remain firmly on trying to secure a move in the New Year.
He said: ‘Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.
‘Of course, I wanted to make a step up, but Southampton did not want me to sell me. But you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.’
These comments are unlikely to thrill Saints supporters too greatly given that he remains on the books at St Mary’s, and his early season performances haven’t been up to his usual high standards either.
But he confirms that he’ll give 100% for Southampton, yet whether he is able to get his move to Liverpool in January very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: It was one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas of the summer, yet Virgil van Dijk remained a Southampton player beyond the August 31 deadline, despite his best intentions to leave St Mary’s.
And that appears to remain firmly in his plans given his recent comments which, although outlines his desire to give 100% for the Saints, suggests that he has no intentions to remain at St Mary’s beyond January.
The South Coast side are likely to take the same stance then as they did in the summer, which should be commended, but only manager Mauricio Pellegrino will know what impact van Dijk is having around the club at present, and whether they’d be better off without him.
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