Wantaway Van Dijk 4-6 to seal Anfield switch

SOUTHAMPTON'S Virgil van Dijk is 4-6 to sign for Premier League rivals Liverpool after the Dutch defender handed in a transfer request on Monday.

Chelsea are 2-1 second favourites to sign the 26-year-old but he said earlier in the summer that Anfield is his preferred destination.
Van Dijk is 11-1 with Sky Bet to still be at Southamption after the summer transfer window.

Brighton have strengthened their hand before the start of the Premier League season with the capture of Dutch international midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven.

Propper, who netted 16 goals in 66 games during his time with PSV, has arrived at the Amex Stadium for a reported club-record £6m and signed a four-year contract with the top-flight new boys.

Former England manager Steve McClaren has emerged as a candidate to become the next Hearts manager.

McClaren is understood to be on the Tynecastle club's shortlist to replace Ian Cathro, who was sacked after just seven months in charge a week ago.

Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY BT2

Liverpool v Hoffenheim

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Hoffenheim have won just three off their last ten competitive away matches
Expert verdict
The Germans were not disgraced in the first leg – they enjoyed 63 per cent possession and narrowly lost the shot count 14-13 – but a trip to Anfield will be tougher. However, Hoffenheim have to go for it and they have shown they can cause Liverpool’s suspect defence plenty of problems.



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