Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident of sealing a £50 million deal for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk despite Claude Paul’s warning message.
The Southampton head-coach has insisted on Monday that the defender is not for sale and he will be staying at St Mary’s stadium for 2017/18 year.
Van Dijk has been heavily linked with several top Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
However, Jurgen Klopp has made Dutch international star as a No.1 transfer target for Liverpool.
Liverpool have been struggling at the defensive end this term and centre-back position seems to be a priority for Klopp during the summer transfer window.
The German manager is convinced that Liverpool should make £50 million offer for Virgil Van Dijk and get the deal done, according to the Daily Star.
Liverpool are currently third in the table with two games left to play in the English top tier and they are on the verge to secure a place in the Champions League zone.
Speculation over Van Dijk’s future has been rife with the Saints captain desperate to play Champions League football.
‘Virgil had a bad injury, but now it’s okay, his surgery is finished, and he can work normally and go into the gym for rehabilitation and come back next season with us … with us,’ said Puel.
‘He’s our captain, and he’s important for us. He has matured and taken leadership on the team. He’s a fantastic player we know well.
‘He’s important for us and now, of course, we will wait to the beginning of the season to see him on the pitch with Southampton.’
Van Dijk has been contracted with Southampton until 2021 and Liverpool will have to break the bank in order to lure 25-year-old Dutchman at Anfield.