Liverpool remain favourites to land Van Dijk

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has recently been linked to Chelsea, but according to the bookmakers, Liverpool remain favourites to sign him.

For the majority of the summer window it was thought that the Dutchman was going to end up at Anfield.

However, a spanner was thrown into the works when Jurgen Klopp’s side were forced to issue a public apology to Southampton after being accused of tapping up.

The Merseyside outfit also vowed to withdraw their interest, but they were never far away from the gossip columns whenever Van Dijk was mentioned.

The 26-year-old recently made it clear that he wants to move on by handing in a transfer request, and in his statement he criticised the club for refusing to listen to offers.

According to Yahoo Sport, Southampton could be persuaded into selling if a £70m offer is tabled, but they are more likely to strike a deal with Chelsea or Manchester City than Liverpool.

Despite this, William Hill have backed the Reds 1/2 to nab Van Dijk’s signature before the end of the transfer window, while Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/4 for Chelsea to win the chase.

Interestingly, the Saints are third favourites among the bookmakers to keep hold of the former Celtic star, suggesting that despite the club’s strong stance, he is likely to move elsewhere in the next few weeks.

Liverpool are crying out for some defensive reinforcements after their familiar frailties were exposed during last weekend’s opening-day 3-3 draw with Watford in the Premier League.