Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk has been dropped by Southampton for their important clash against Chelsea this afternoon, with Mauricio Pellegrino recently hinting at a lack of commitment from some.
The Reds were strongly linked with a move for the defender throughout the summer after he handed in a transfer request at St Marys', but the Saints rejected their approach for the player and no deal was reached.
Many rumours have already begun that Liverpool could be set to make a new bid for the defender in the coming January transfer window, with Pellegrino admitting that he doesn't know what could happen in the future.
“I can’t say nothing about that because you never know what can happen in the future,” he said.
“Yes I would like to keep my important players in the squad.”
Southampton were humbled at the hands of Leicester City in midweek, with former manager coming back to haunt them with a 4-1 win with the Foxes.
Following that display, Saints boss Pellegrino hinted that commitment from some of his players was lacking - and insisted that he would only start players against Chelsea who were 100% committed to the team.
“We have to choose the players who want to help the club 100 per cent," Pellegrino said.