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Southampton's Virgil van Dijk would be great for Liverpool - Steven Gerrard

Liverpool academy coach Steven Gerrard would "love" to see Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.

Van Dijk, 25, has been strongly linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, with sources telling ESPN FC that the player has indicated to the Reds that they are his preferred destination.

However, Press Association Sport reported on Tuesday that Southampton asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for Van Dijk.

Asked if he would like to see the Netherlands international at Liverpool, former club captain Gerrard told the Daily Mail: "I'd love to see him in a red shirt. I'm a huge fan. I thought he was fantastic at Celtic and I thought we should have had a go for him back then.

"It will cost us a few more quid but I think he is a piece of the jigsaw that would be very welcome and very big for this team."

Van Dijk signed for Southampton from Celtic in 2015 and has since made 55 Premier League starts, scoring four goals.

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