Van Dijk boards Southampton plane for pre-season tour, Liverpool fans react

It is no secret that Liverpool fans are keen to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, and they still remain hopeful despite numerous obstacles coming their way.

In June, the Reds were forced to issue a public apology to the fellow Premier League club after being accused of tapping up the Dutch defender.

The club also claimed that they had withdrawn their interest in the 26-year-old, but that has not stopped the rumours from rumbling.

Chelsea were also linked to Van Dijk, but a recent report in The Mirror has claimed that the £50m-rated player has told Southampton that he only wants to join Liverpool.

Today, though, there was a disappointing development for the Merseyside outfit after the centre-back pictured boarding a plane to Austria with his Southampton teammates.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have headed to the European country to begin their preparations for the 2017-18 season.

Despite Van Dijk’s attendance, Liverpool fans remain hopeful that a deal will be done.