English Premiership

Van Dijk committed to Saints ahead of Liverpool clash

2017-11-08 12:01
Virgil van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Virgil van Dijk insists he is "100%" committed to Southampton ahead of their clash with Liverpool after the international break.

The 26-year-old defender was a target for the Reds during the off-season and he handed in a transfer request to help facilitate a move.

However, the Saints refused to sell their prized asset, who is back in manager Mauricio Pellegrino's plans and fully focused on helping the club climb the Premier League ladder.

Asked about his feelings on the failed transfer to Anfield, Van Dijk told the Daily Echo: "I don't think it's appropriate to comment on anything that happened before.

"I'm giving 100% for the club, I work hard every day, I help my team-mates and I'm positive and I want to win every game."

Pellegrino's side travel to Merseyside on November 18 looking for their first win in three league games, and Van Dijk is hoping the players will click when domestic action resumes next weekend.

"Every game is important and it's going to be even more important now to get some points and we know we can play very well against everyone," the Netherlands international added.

"For now, we need to recharge with some of the players going back to their countries and work hard there as well and come back fit and be ready for Liverpool."

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