Former teammate of Van Dijk reveals that the Dutch player always preferred to join Liverpool.
reveals a surprising story about Lindelof andVan Dijk
. Charlie Austin who is now a West Brom player reveals that Van Dijk joinedLiverpool
after he found out thatManchester United
preferred to sign the Swedish international,Victor Lindelof
However, he claims that the Dutch defender always wanted to join Liverpool while his move was blocked by the club in 2017. He eventually joined the Reds in the winter transfer window with a considerably high amount of money.
Reflecting on that saga, former Saints striker Austin has told talkSPORT:
“I remember in the back end of his Southampton career we were on the bench together at Chelsea away.
“I sat there and was like ‘Virg lad, what’s going on? Surely Manchester United must have been in for you? Massive club in England etc’. He went ‘do you know what Chaz, in the summer it was like between me and Lindelof and they signed Lindelof’.
“I was like, ‘you are joking!’ I couldn’t believe it, I was gobsmacked. There was talk of him going there and then they have taken Lindelof instead.”
Austin added on Van Dijk’s efforts to get out of Southampton: “The manager was there, [Mauricio] Pellegrino at the time, and in the summer he [Van Dijk] was looking to go.
“He didn’t move in the summer, two days later the transfer window shut and Virg was starting again on the Saturday. He apologised to the lads but we were like ‘we understand, you were linked with Liverpool and you wanted to go’.”
Austin believes that Anfield was always Van Dijk’s preferred destination, saying when asked if a move to United was ever really on the cards: “I’m not sure. I think he had his heart set on going to Liverpool.”