Virgil Van Dijk happy at Southampton


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Virgil van Dijk says he giving everything for Southampton and is happy with how things are going following his failed summer transfer to Liverpool.

Dutch international Van Dijk was said to be a target for a number of top European clubs, with defending Premier League champions Chelsea showing an interest towards the latter stage of the transfer window.

However, it was Liverpool who had the most sustained effort to sign the centre-back and the Reds were forced to issue a public statement apologising to Southampton after the south coast club accused them of an alleged illegal approach.

That did not deter the Merseysiders from continuing their pursuit and a deal appeared likely at one stage after the Saints ace handed in a transfer request although it was rejected by the club.

When the deadline passed, the 26-year-old remained a Southampton player but it has taken him some time to be reintegrated back into the first team. Reports are suggesting a January move could be on the cards but Van Dijk insists he is just focused on helping turn the results around in the Premier League.

He told the Daily Star: “Firstly, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment on anything that happened before.

But I am giving 100 per cent for the club. I work hard every day, I help my team-mates, I’m positive and I want to win every game.

“I am happy and that’s the most important thing so we will just see what happens.”

Southampton return to action on November 18 when they make the trip to Liverpool and the visitors are 7.50 outsiders. The draw is priced at 4.75 while the hosts are firm 1.40 favourites.

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