Liverpool Transfer News: Virgil van Dijk, Philippe Coutinho, Lorenzo Insigne, Emre Can

SOUTHAMPTON manager Mauricio Pellegrino remains hopeful of
convincing Virgil van Dijk to stay at St Mary’s.

Van Dijk missed Saints’ goalless draw with Swansea in their
first Premier League game of the season with a virus.

The Dutchman’s absence further fuelled speculation linking him
with the Southampton exit door, but Pellegrino insists there is
a way for Van Dijk to reintegrate into Saints’ side.

“When you are outside the team you have to be behind them,
supporting them,” said Pellegrino. “Hopefully he can change his
point of view to be with us in the next few weeks. I’ve talked
with him twice, and the club was clear with him.

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“I think all of us at the club, the technical director, me as a
manager, we know that Virgil is an important part of the club.

“But we need him in another way, not like the way he is right
now.”

New Saints boss Pellegrino has inherited the club’s latest
transfer tug-of-war, and conceded that such scenarios are no
good for the game.

“I can’t manage all the situations like some players being
outside the team; it’s not my responsibility,” he added.

“But it’s a pity because the people deserve to see the best
players in the pitch. It happens and we have to keep going.”

Pellegrino’s comments came after his Southampton tenure kicked
off with a stalemate against Swansea.

It prolonged the Saints’ miserable home goal drought to six
league games, despite the hosts having 29 shots on goal.

Meanwhile, while
Liverpool fight to retain

Philippe Coutinho
,
despite
putting

Lorenzo Insigne

on top of their contingency hit list
, the prospect of
losing Emre Can as well has forced the Reds to act
decisively.

Napoli’­s Lorenzo Insigne kisses his jerseyNapoli’­s Lorenzo Insigne kisses his
jersey
Source:
AP

The Mirror reports a £23million bid being lined up for
the German, who has not resolved a contract impasse at Anfield.

£100,000 a week, plus other contractual demands, have been a
problem, reports the tabloid, but with Adam Lallana injured and
the looming Coutinho exit, Can has to stay – even if it means
risking losing him for nothing at the end of the season.

Emre Can joins celebrations.Emre Can joins celebrations.Source:
AFP


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