By Harvey Byrne

Ex-Southampton forward Gordon Watson has told that current star Virgil van Dijk is better than Liverpool and that he should be moving to one of Europe’s elite in a strong message to the defender.

The 26-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to Anfield before the summer window started, but it looked as though any potential move had been brought to a halt after the Reds issued an apology to the Saints via their official website as well as stating that they had ended their interest.

However, with Van Dijk now training on his own on the south coast alongside being left out of their pre-season tour of France, Sky Sports claimed on their website that Liverpool are expected to complete his signing by the end of August.

This has caused many to express their view on the potential move once more and one of the most outspoken was Watson, who has told that Van Dijk has to move to “one of the best,” rather than Liverpool.

“The situation is laughable,” Watson said, as quoted by the Daily Echo.

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“He’s our best player and prized asset. He’s up there with the two best centre-backs in the Premier League.

“If he went to a Barcelona he’d be waved off with everyone behind him. Nobody would deny him of such a move.

“But Liverpool? No, he’s way better than that. The whole thing is dirty, after everything that’s happened.

“He’s been ill-advised. A move to Liverpool would just be a pay day, it wouldn’t be for trophies or accolades.

“It’s only for money and with Barcelona in need of a defender, you might have them knocking on the door soon.

“Van Dijk should only be moving to one of the best clubs in the world – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona.

“If he went to one of them, he’d leave with Saints’ best wishes.

“You go to Liverpool, there’s no guarantee of trophies, just money.

“To further his career, he needs a move to one of the best.”

Van Dijk joined Southampton in the summer of 2015 at a cost of just £13million from Scottish giants Celtic.

He quickly established himself as one of the Saints’ top players and was handed a new six-year contract the following May.

With five years now remaining on the deal Southampton are likely to command a huge offer if they were to let the Holland international depart St. Mary’s this summer.

In other Liverpool news, this Reds midfielder has left Anfield for the Eredivisie.

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