sport news Virgil van Dijk returns to Southampton first team training

Virgil van Dijk has resumed training with the Southampton first team  The defender trained separately all summer and did not go on pre-season tour  Liverpool were heavily linked with the defender but Southampton would not sell 

By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

Published: 17:52 BST, 5 September 2017 | Updated: 17:52 BST, 5 September 2017

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Virgil van Dijk has returned to first team training following a failed summer transfer to Liverpool.

The Dutchman trained away from the Saints' first team for the duration of the summer, and refused to go on pre-season tour with the side.

Instead Van Dijk remained in England, training with the Under-23 squad and working alone on his fitness with club staff.

Virgil van Dijk has returned to Southampton first team training following his failed transfer

Virgil van Dijk has returned to Southampton first team training following his failed transfer

The Dutchman made clear his desire to leave the club and handed in a transfer request

The Dutchman made clear his desire to leave the club and handed in a transfer request

Van Dijk found himself at the centre of one of the biggest transfer dramas of the summer, with his heart seemingly set on a move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp had met with the defender at the end of the 2016-17 season, in a

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