Brendan Rodgers reveals why Liverpool stopped him signing Virgil Van Dijk

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Virgil Van Dijk may well have played his last game for Southampton with his injury appearing worse than first feared.

If the Dutchman doesn’t feature again this season, it’s quite possible he won’t be seen in a Saints shirt again.

The centre-back is expected to be in huge demand this summer, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United all being linked with moves for him.

It seems like Van Dijk will have quite the selection of clubs to choose from.

Yet, Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he first spotted him when he was the Liverpool manager and tried to sign him back then, only to be told it wasn’t the right time.

“When I was at Liverpool I asked about Van Dijk when he was at Groningen and then at Celtic,” he said, via Goal.

“But I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time.


“Van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to a Liverpool. Some clubs will want to see the players tested at certain arenas first.”

The 25-year-old has now proven himself in the Premier League, hence why Southampton will be expecting upwards of £40million for his services.

Admittedly, he would have come much cheaper back when Rodgers was looking at him, but he’s now looking much more like the finished article.

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