Liverpool’s interest in Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has been the story that every Saints fan, and most of the media, has been keeping their eyes on this Summer.
Today a BBC Solent interview with boss Mauricio Pellegrino has revealed the latest twist in the well-published transfer saga as Southampton near the next step in their pre-season preparations this weekend away at Brentford.
As per usual, the club’s vocal Twitter following have been expressing their thoughts on the situation following the news…
Twitter: Mauricio Pellegrino gives chapter and verse on latest Virgil Van Dijk situation at #saintsfc https://t.co/5FNtjf7TyN via @audioBoom (@solentsport)
Twitter: #SaintsFC & Mauricio Pellegrino not messing about with Virgil van Dijk – & rightly so. A great player whose popularity is plummeting fast (@SimonPeach)
Twitter: Big fan of the stance #saintsfc have taken. You sign a 6 year contract, grow a pair and man up #stickhiminthe23’s (@pauldawson1972)
Twitter: Pellegrino is handling the situation very well; hasn’t given in & firmly asserting his authority. VVD has to shape up or ship out #SaintsFC (@RickmanKyran)
Twitter: I have said it before and will again, the name on the front of a shirt will ALWAYS be more important than the name on the back #SaintsFC (@jamieenglishsfc)
Twitter: #SaintsFC and Pellegrino handling this as best as possible so far. Only issue for me is Reed’s constant belief players won’t want to leave. (@SFC_Kristian)
Twitter: Don’t hate me BUT,VvD is known as a laid back guy, doesn’t cause an issue. If he is now, maybe it runs deeper. Let’s not be quick to judge. (@LucyVHolland)
Twitter: Someone should remember who pays his wages, lace his boots up and play bloody football..!! (@SAINTSINFRANCE)
Twitter: Live pictures of Van Dijk training on his own #SaintsFC https://t.co/qZ1Xi4SjhV (@leemyersSfc)
It’s safe to say Liverpool fans enjoyed the news a fair amount more than those on the South coast…
Twitter: “Pellegrino orders Van Dijk to train alone after defender tells club he ‘wants to leave’.” https://t.co/a4QyePIoPw (@Sennesation)
Twitter: Notice anyone missing? https://t.co/CRiP4uQVkI (@stehoare)