Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk has told new manager Mauricio Pellegrino he still wants to leave the club after crunch talks to see if the defender has changed his mind after being forced to train alone.
The Dutch international centre-back has his heart set on a move to Anfield, but new manager Pellegrino is still hoping to include Van Dijk in his future plans.
Pellegrino said: “I would like to bring the boy and to persuade him that he’s important for us and the club will not sell him.
“We are expecting the best for everyone, even for Virgil, but he doesn’t want to be part of the team.
“This is the reason he is aside from the team.”
Liverpool will be monitoring developments very closely, but will not make an offer for the Southampton defender unless they are invited to and the Saints show they are willing to let the player go.
The Red’s had been forced to publicly apologise and withdraw from the race to sign Virgil Van Dijk earlier this summer after Southampton accused them of ‘tapping up’ their star man.
However, Liverpool have tried to restore their relationship with Saints and reports indicate they would be interested in reigniting their interest should they be given any indication that Van Dijk is available.
And despite Van Dijk telling his new manager he wants to leave again, the situation has not changed in Southampton’s eyes.
Pellegrino stated: “We continue in the same way. The situation is the same.
“I can’t say no more, because the situation is the boy is aside of the team because he doesn’t want to play for us.”