'I am happy and 100% committed to Southampton football club': Virgil van Dijk

The Netherlands international said he was happy and a 100% committed to the club.

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Virgil van Dijk says he is happy at Southampton Reuters

Virgil van Dijk insists he is happy and has "100%" commitment to current club Southampton.

The Holland international stayed at St Mary's during the summer despite handing in a transfer request that was rejected.

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Liverpool had persuaded the 26-year-old to move to Anfield ahead of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal before dramatically ending their interest amid rumours of an illegal approach. Jurgen Klopp, though, still sees van Dijk as a target although the Reds will only bid for the player should they be invited to by Southampton.

Van Dijk then tried to manufacture a move away from Southampton to the Merseyside club as part of a reported deal worth over £50m after handing in a transfer request, as per the Daily Mail.

In the end, negotiations collapsed and the 26-year-old centre back remained on the south coast with Mauricio Pellegrino's men.

Van Dijk returned from almost eight months out through injury in September and has since been a regular in the Saints side. And while revealing he is "happy" at Southampton at present, the centre-back has refused to be drawn on his long-term future, according to Sky Sports.

"Firstly, I don't think it's appropriate to comment on anything that happened before," he said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

"But I am giving 100% for the club. I work hard every day, I help my team-mates, I'm positive and I want to win every game. I am happy and that's the most important thing so we will just see what happens."

And now Van Dijk, who was stripped of his captaincy, admits he is happy and positive at Southampton but remained coy on his future.

Van Dijk is set to face Liverpool at Anfield following the international break but his Southampton side go into the game on the back of their 1-0 defeat by Burnley.

The result has left Southampton in 13th place in the Premier League following their opening 11 matches but they will be desperate to bounce back after the latest set of international fixtures.