MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 28, 2015: Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk in action against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton boss dismisses Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool speculation

Claude Puel has dismissed as “speculation” reports that Virgil van Dijk could join Liverpool in January.

The central defender has in recent months enhanced his reputation with the finest form of his career and is reported to be a transfer target for Jurgen Klopp, whose team’s biggest weakness so far this season has been in defence.

Van Dijk’s performances have been so strong he has been one of just three players to consistently remain in Puel’s team despite the manager’s preference to frequently rotate, but asked of the Dutchman, he responded: “It’s just speculation, and I cannot participate with speculation.

“All the players are in the club’s project, and for this season it is important to continue this work with good spirit and this is true with all the players.

“It is just rumour and it’s not important for me.”

Puel also refused to discuss Southampton‘s reported interest in Celtic’s Moussa Dembele.

* Note: Above report is from Press Association – we’re not the ones who wrote that about LFC’s biggest weakness. Don’t believe the myth!

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