Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted that selling Virgil Van Dijk has come as a relief. Van Dijk recently completed a move from the Saints to Liverpool for a fee of £75 million.
“Every single week is an opportunity to improve,” said Pellegrino.
“Without Virgil now we have to think about the future, to bring a couple targets to the squad and make it stronger.
“In six months, or one year’s time, maybe we can talk about whether the sale was positive or not, but we have to wait.”
The Netherlands international was strongly linked with a move to the Reds during the summer transfer window but in the end a move did not materialize as the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement.
Van Dijk had hoped to join the Reds then and even handed in a transfer request to try and force through a move.
It was quite evident that the player was unsettled at Southampton during the first half of the season as he was unable to replicate his performances from last season.