Southampton 1 – Huddersfield Town 1
For the second away match in a row, Huddersfield picked up crucial Premier League points.
Last weekend Huddersfield won 4-1 at Watford.
David Wagner’s side followed that up on Saturday with a 1-1 draw away at Southampton.
This time Huddersfield had to come from behind. Charlie Austin fired the Saints ahead, but the in-form Laurent Depoitre found a leveler ten minutes later.
The result left Huddersfield in 11th and Southampton in 13th.
Virgil Van Dijk was dropped again
For the second weekend running Virgil Van Dijk was dropped.
VVD was nowhere to be seen last weekend in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea. While against Huddersfield, Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida were the Saints centre-halves.
After the Huddersfield draw, manager Mauricio Pellegrino confirmed Van Dijk was left out the XI for tactical reasons.
Bad for Man City, good for Liverpool
VVD was linked with a possible move to either Liverpool or Man City in the summer.
And a few months later, both Liverpool and Man City remain likely suitors for the Dutch international.
According to the Sunday World, Liverpool have stolen a significant march on Man City in the chase for Van Dijk. They’ve told their readers the following:
Liverpool have made a breakthrough in their enduring pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Kevin Palmer is reporting that a structured deal that is approaching Southampton’s lavish £70m asking price is close to being agreed, with Liverpool finally getting the green light to negotiate a deal for the Dutch defender.
Should Van Dijk join Liverpool in January, he’ll be able to play for the Reds in the Champions League.
Liverpool were paired with Porto in the last 16 of the competition.
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— Sunday World (@sundayworld) December 23, 2017