Michael Owen backs Liverpool to resist Barca move for Countinho

Michael Owen backs Liverpool to resist Barca move for Countinho

Michael Owen backs Liverpool to resist Barca move for Countinho

The Times claims that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has convinced the club to make an official bid for the 26-year-old as he is determined to beat league rivals Liverpool to his signature.

This is Anfield reported on Wednesday that van Dijk has yet to join his current side for preseason training after they made a trip to France in July, and is practicing separately in hopes of pushing Southampton's hand in the matter.

Virgil van Dijk is set to remain out of action for Southampton, and is now increasingly likely to miss the Saints' season opener against Swansea on August 12, as his stand off with Mauricio Pellegrino and the club hierarchy continues.

The Reds have only been successful in signing Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson this summer, their interest in Van Dijk and Naby Keita plagued with difficulty.

The Dutchman was ordered to train alone two weeks ago and yet Liverpool have still not yet been able to use that to their advantage as van Dijk remains a Southampton player.

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"The situation is the same", said the Saints manager, according to the Daily Echo.

He added: "I would like to bring the boy and to persuade him that he's important for us and the club will not sell him".

The Merseyside club officially withdrew their interest in the player, fearing a potential Premier League investigation into their conduct.

With the likes of Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane have all left St. Mary's for Anfield, van Dijk is looking to become the latest casualty.

"Everybody is panicking because players are coming in from overseas or from lower Premier League clubs, but I think the team showed they were good enough to compete for a trophy".

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