Report: Liverpool make contact with Southampton over Van Dijk

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk during training

Liverpool have sounded Southampton out over Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have reached out to Southampton to touch base over Virgil van Dijk's situation, The Mail report.

The Reds upset the Saints earlier this transfer window after they were alleged to have tapped up the player.

Liverpool offered a full apology to Southampton and pledged not to bid for the centre-back.

Almost two months have passed since and Van Dijk remains a Southampton player but is training on his own after telling the club he wishes to leave.

The Mail report this has led to Liverpool reaching out to Southampton to enquire after the defender.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk during trainingSouthampton's Virgil van Dijk is training alone

It is reported they remain cautious, and will not make a bid 'unless invited to do so by Southampton'.

For Southampton to be convinced to sell Van Dijk it has been reported that it would take an offer upwards of £60 million, the Liverpool Echo reported, which would be a world record fee for a defender and Liverpool's highest spend on any individual player ever.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goalHappier times... Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring 

Liverpool have not been looking at alternatives to Van Dijk and bookies SkyBet still list the Reds as overwhelming favourites to sign the Dutchman.

The transfer will ultimately depend on whether Southampton concede that selling Van Dijk for a big fee is ultimately the right decision for the club, or if they see the battle with Liverpool as just that, and having dug in this far, do not want to ultimately lose.

Liverpool are seemingly trying to repair the relations between the clubs, to give the transfer as much chance of happening as possible.

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