The Dutch international has been linked with a move to Anfield all summer, with Southampton publicly scolding the Reds for their interest back in June.
The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to be in the frame but the fact that van Dijk is now actively pushing to leave St. Mary’s apparently has Liverpool supporters convinced that their club is in the driving seat:
Saw the van Dijk news. Dabbed exactly 17 times in an empty office. If he goes to Chelsea, I am killing myself.
— Paul (@Kolology) August 7, 2017
It's exciting that VVD has handed in a transfer request – I agree – but it still doesn't mean he *will* leave. I do think he will though.
— Mik (@MikLFC) August 7, 2017
Weird timing that wasn't it . Klopp – don't think we need another CB
The next day Van Dijk hands in a transfer request.
— Nile (@REDNILE7) August 7, 2017
— The Philosopher (@Abel_Nkosinathy) August 7, 2017
Van Dijk hands in a transfer request, it's on a plate now, if we don't get this done and dusted we may as well just give up.
— Dan Armitage (@DanArmitage1990) August 7, 2017
Van Dijk has done all he can do Jurgen the rest is down to you! Go and sign the boy because Matip/Lovren/Klavan ain't gonna cut it! #LFC
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) August 7, 2017
ah nice one. Virgil Van Dijk has handed the formal transfer request ?
— Mirlo (@AmirAsyrafHalim) August 7, 2017
YESS.. WE ARE GETTING VAN DIJK!
— Dayo (@D1Juny) August 7, 2017
Klopp meeting with Van Dijk after learning the transfer request news pic.twitter.com/4JnlSPjQfr
— Gregoris Gkousis (@Gregoris96_YNWA) August 7, 2017
Just get that van dijk boy and lets go home then lock our door so no one can bother us. #Announcevandijk
— Franço (@HarrySabry_) August 7, 2017
i hope liverpool move on the van dijk situation asap. after a statement like that i'm sure his club and the fans won't want him around
— vlad (@ramoybonner) August 7, 2017
*Van Dijk hands transfer request* pic.twitter.com/totTrHaPGL
— Gerard Schatz (@GerardGal) August 7, 2017
— Corey smith (@corey_YNWA) August 7, 2017
Fucking get Van Dijk you cunts !!
— Average Mo (@LFC_ArabWorld) August 7, 2017
It’s far from an ideal situation, but if the player really wants to leave so badly, might Southampton just need to bite the bullet and sell him to the highest bidder?
And do you think they’d do business with Liverpool again after their public falling out?
What do you think?