Stan Collymore lists how Liverpool could sign this 25-year-old
By Danny Wright
Stan Collymore thinks that Liverpool would still be able to sign Virgil van Dijk if he handed in a transfer request at Southampton.
The ex-Anfield attacker listed reasons as to how the Reds could land the 25-year-old, and that could involve them making up for the bonuses he’d lose at St. Mary’s if he inform his side of his decision to leave.
Liverpool confirmed in a statement on the club’s official website on Wednesday that they have ended their pursuit of van Dijk after BBC Radio Solent, as reported on the BBC Sport website, that Southampton were looking lodge a report to the Premier League for “an alleged illegal approach”.
Collymore, speaking on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, was replying to a message asking if Liverpool can still sign him if he hands in a transfer request.
The 46-year-old replied with a “yes” and added that he might not even have to hand in a request as he could simply “be stubborn” and “don’t train” in order to get paid by both clubs.
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— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 7, 2017
Can we still sign VVD if he hands in a transfer request?
— Sunny (@sunny12457898) June 7, 2017
Collymore spent two years as a player for Liverpool and also had spells at Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Leicester during his career.
He made 81 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, scoring 26 goals but never managed to achieve any major silverware.
The ex-England international retired from the game in 2001 after a stint in Spain with Real Oviedo and is now a pundit who regularly offers his views on his former clubs.
In other Liverpool news, Matt Le Tissier has slammed the Reds for their pursuit of van Dijk.