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Southampton were ready to sell Van Dijk to Liverpool and then...

Liverpool should already have a deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, it has been revealed.

The Daily Star says they were 'close to getting' Van Dijk in a £50m deal in July before the deal fell through after Southampton accused the Reds of tapping up the Dutch star.

Saints were furious about Liverpool's communication with the centre-back and forced them to back off and make a grovelling apology.

But Jurgen Klopp almost had his man, with a deal all but done in July before the scandal broke out.

Now the Reds must look for an alternative with Saints refusing to do business with them.

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