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The club also claimed that they had withdrawn their interest in the 26-year-old, but that has not stopped the rumours from rumbling.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.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 10, 2017
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.
Cheers for keeping Virgil fit and healthy for us, lads 😉
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) July 10, 2017
— Jurgen Meister🇩🇪 (@SS_LFC) July 10, 2017
VVD getting on a separate plane taking him back to Blackpool? Sound lads.
— Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) July 10, 2017
Van Dijk looking back like do he really have to go 🙂 #FreeVanDijk
— Martin Ekstein (@MartinEkstein) July 10, 2017
— _Royraz (@roeeraz1) July 10, 2017
Welcome to champions league football Virgil YNWA 🔴🔴
— Nozdogg (@Nozdog12) July 10, 2017
have a good pre season @VirgilvDijk, would like to have you all warmed up when you come here at LFC
— LFC AN-R (@AnfieldAn) July 10, 2017
Nice little detour to blackpool
— Lewis #FreeVanDijk (@FreeVanDijk) July 10, 2017
Can't hold @VirgilvDijk hostage forever you know!
— Charles Gill (@CharlesEGno1) July 10, 2017
— Tom Murray (@Muzzlar) July 10, 2017
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