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Significant update emerges in Liverpool’s pursuit of key January deal

Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side thump Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, a result which moved the Merseysiders back into the top four of the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with the Cherries off the back of successive draws against Everton and West Brom, yet there was no doubt about the result on the South Coast following an attacking masterclass from the Reds. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino secured a comprehensive victory for Klopp’s side, in turn moving them above Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in the Premier League table following their 4-1 defeat to table-toppers Manchester City on Saturday.

Subsequently, there have been several delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few hours, many of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Irish Independent, which details some potentially significant developments in their pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

The 26-year-old centre-back was heavily linked with a move to Anfield during the summer only for the Dutchman to remain at St Mary’s beyond the August 31 deadline, yet that hasn’t stopped speculation continuing ahead of the reopening of the window in January.

And with the man himself having said that he is still hopeful of a move in the New Year, Liverpool fans have remained particularly interested in van Dijk’s future, yet recent reports suggest that the Reds will not meet the Saints’ reported £70 million valuation of the defender.

And unless the South Coast outfit reduce that asking price, it doesn’t look like van Dijk will be making the move to Merseyside after all in the January window.

Landlord’s verdict: Virgil van Dijk’s proposed move away from Southampton dominated the summer transfer window, only for the Netherlands international to remain at St Mary’s beyond the August 31 deadline.

Nonetheless, speculation has remained that the 26-year-old could be on the move in January, with Liverpool one side heavily linked with the defender, but recent reports suggest that the Reds aren’t willing to meet the Saints’ reported £70 million asking price.

Jurgen Klopp’s men appear in need of defensive reinforcements having conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League’s top four this term, but given that other players could well be available for much less, yet plausibly could do just as good a job as van Dijk, the Reds look set to turn their attentions away from the Dutchman should Southampton not budge on their valuation.

Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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