Former Southampton midfielder David Prutton has said that Liverpool have got a “head start” in the race to land Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch international is a man in demand after some very impressive performances for the south coast club as well as former side Celtic.
And Prutton believes that the amount of business the Reds have done with the Saints means that there is an advantage to be had.
“If you’re one of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool you’d be foolish not to look at him.” he told The Daily Star.
“Liverpool obviously have a good dialogue and a business relationship with Southampton, although I wouldn’t say that puts them at the front of the queue.
“You’d think from a business point of view, it probably gives them a head start when it comes to building a rapport and business relationship.
“But the most important word there is business.
“Liverpool would want to get him for the right price – and Southampton will want as much as they can get.” he finished.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool are even interested in van Dijk, let alone whether they will make a move.