Pellegrino admits Van Dijk situation isn't under his control

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Liverpool FC were thought to be leading the race to sign Van Dijk in the summer but a move ended up failing to materialise after they were accused of an alleged illegal approach by Southampton.

Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk is unsafe in the area and from free-kicks.

Liverpool will not make a move for defender Virgil van Dijk unless Southampton lower the asking price for their Dutch defender.

Pellegrino made six changes from the midweek defeat by Leicester and the omission of Van Dijk rekindled talk of an exit in January with reports of interest from Manchester City and Chelsea. After the board can decide altogether which is the best for the team.

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Van Dijk is one of the most wanted defenders in the Premier League now as a host of top teams from within England and across Europe are chasing the Dutchman.

The Netherlands worldwide is again being linked with a move in January, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly interested.

"I can't control the market", he said.

Van Dijk was desperate to leave Southampton last summer, but the club refused to accept any offers for the Netherlands worldwide.

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"I will repeat that I can't control the market right now".

"He's a really good player". I will recommend to try to keep our best player here at the club.

The suggestion that Liverpool will not enter the bidding for Van Dijk could be a bargaining position from the Anfield club, but it appears they now have strong competition for the signature of the in-demand centre-back.

"The club was clear in the beginning and I have the same opinion", Pellegrino said. He had a bad injury, but I think he recovered very well. Obviously we have to start to choose the players that want to help the club 100%.

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