Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Virgil van Dijk's Southampton transfer request

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.

Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk is attempting to leave Southampton.

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has released a statement, as seen on BBC Sport, stating that he wants to leave the club this summer, effectively handing in a transfer request.

The Saints swooped to land Van Dijk from Celtic in September 2015 following Toby Alderweireld's exit, and the Dutchman has developed into one of the Premier League's top centre backs.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.

With seven goals in 68 appearances for the Saints, Van Dijk has not only excelled as a defender, but also provided a goal threat since making his move to St. Mary's Stadium.

Van Dijk has starred with his aerial ability, power, pace and ability on the ball, emerging as one of the most complete central defenders in Europe – and that has unsurprisingly triggered major interest in his signature.

Liverpool were pushing to sign Van Dijk earlier this summer, but after Southampton reported the Reds for tapping up the 25-year-old defender, Jurgen Klopp's men confirmed on their official website that they were backing out of the race to sign him.

Speculation has surrounded Van Dijk's future ever since, and having been training away from the first team, he has now signalled his intention to leave Southampton and make a move before this month's transfer window.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool fans are clamouring for the club to make a new move for Van Dijk, believing that he is the game changing centre back that Klopp needs to strengthen his back line

Some fans have little belief that Liverpool can seal a deal though, and fear that the Fenway Sports Group won't cough up the money required to sign Van Dijk before the transfer deadline.

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