Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk has opened negotiations with Liverpool over a possible transfer to the Merseyside club former football lawyer Daniel Vanderkamp says the deal is “moving along” well, according to a report on Bleacher Report.

The 26-year-old centre-back has been a target for Liverpool ever since the end of last season with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to strengthen his defence.

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Vanderkamp worked with Liverpool to bring in striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa and posted on Twitter saying:

“Got told things are moving along now with LFC and Southampton. I don’t know if he’s handed in a request, just that the clubs are back negotiating.”

The Twitter account was then deleted.

The Reds were initially reported by fellow Premier League club Southampton over their pursuit of the defender which forced the Anfield club to apologise which suggested that their interest in the player had ended.

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But the Reds are still very much interested in Van Dijk who is also said to be keen on a move to Anfield. Klopp’s men lacked authority and strength in defence last season and with the club playing UEFA Champions League football next season, that is exactly what is needed.

Klopp is a huge admirer of Van Dijk and with the Reds not being heavily linked with many other centre-backs, it seems that Klopp is adamant that he will get Van Dijk. Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the Dutchman this summer.