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Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool need him more but Chelsea could sign him | Football | Sport

That is the view of pundit and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley. 

Van Dijk submitted a transfer request to Southampton last Monday in an attempt to force through a move away from St. Mary’s. 

The Holland international has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool all summer, but has also been on the radar of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks. 

Burley says Chelsea do not need him but believes manager Antonio Conte, who saw his side lose 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday, wants to pack his squad out with talent and Van Dijk would fit the bill. 

“Liverpool’s need is more, of course it is,” Burley said on ESPN FC of Van Dijk. 

“You didn’t have to watch the weekend to work that out. 

“It’s been a real saga here, Southampton are digging their heels in obviously. That’s understandable but they seem to be a feeder club to Liverpool the rest of the time! 

“If he was to go to Chelsea, it would be purely because Conte would say ‘I can’t have enough good players, I need more’. 

“I don’t think it would be a knee-jerk to how they played against Burnley, because there were abysmal, they defended terribly. 

“But I think when (Kurt) Zouma goes on loan and (John) Terry leaves, even though he didn’t play a great deal, and you see the ill-discipline particularly from two experienced players in (Gary) Cahill and (Cesc) Fabregas, then I don’t think Liverpool are the only club fishing for Van Dijk, which is going to be a big blow for Liverpool, because they seem to have chased him all summer.”

Van Dijk has made 55 Premier League appearances for Southampton since joining from Celtic in 2015.

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