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Twitter reacts as it emerges that Virgil van Dijk will stay at Southampton

Twitter reacts as it emerges that Virgil van Dijk will stay at Southampton

With only hours left until the transfer window slams shut, Sky Sports have confirmed what has seemed increasingly likely in that Southampton central defender Virgil Van Dijk will not be leaving the club this summer.

The Dutch international has been linked with Liverpool throughout the summer, alongside the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, and even went so far as to submit a formal transfer request.

Since the start of the season, the defender has been training with the under 23s squad after boss Mauricio Pellegrino revealed that he was not in the right frame of mind. It is currently unclear whether that will continue or if Van Dijk will return to the fold for the newly appointed manager.

With big money reportedly on the table, it is a real statement from the Saints. Having developed a reputation as a selling club, they have finally held on to one of their key player after years of losing them. On many occasions, those key players have departed for Anfield, something the club were increasingly reluctant to avoid this summer.

For Liverpool, it means that the club will most likely go without adding a new centre-back to the squad this summer, with Andrew Robertson the only defender to arrive from Hull. That will be a huge disappointment for many Reds fans, with a leaky defence having cost their side on several occasions both last season and early on this season too.

Southampton could now look to build their defence around Van Dijk, with the likes of Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens having stepped in whilst he was sidelined by an ankle injury since January.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:

Southampton fans…

Liverpool fans weren’t happy…

But their rivals found it hilarious…

And the hype was a perfect summary for deadline day…

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