Speaking to Voetbalzone magazine about Van Dijk's attempts to secure a move, Advocaat said: "You can condemn it, but come on, if you can earn five times as much at a top English club, then I understand you're going to take action". Then you win a prize! "If this happens and he comes to Anfield it will be the best bit of mind games I have seen by any manager in the premiership".
Van Dijk, should he ever pull on the Liverpool shirt, would provide a chance to remedy.
You can imagine we are still working on different things and we will see if it works.
The highly rated Dutch worldwide is wanted by several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, who were forced to make a public apology after being accused of making an illegal approach for the player earlier in the transfer window.
Liverpool have registered poor numbers at defending set-plays in recent seasons. "I am already here to work with this squad and not just always thinking "but if we don't get this or this".More news: US, Australia, Japan want coercive acts at sea to be stopped
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"I have nothing but gratitude to everyone at Southampton for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League".
Edwards was clearly trying to impress Klopp by wrapping up the Van Dijk transfer in a competitive market that also featured competition from Chelsea and Manchester City, but his lack of experience in negotiating big money transfers has been cruelly exposed. "I don't think we need more", Klopp said.
He signed a new six-year contract in May 2016.
"It is with regret that I can confirm that I have today handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton Football Club", he said on Monday (7 August) in a statement released via his management company.
In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets.