That’s according to Nathan Redmond who says the Saints were never under pressure to sell the Dutchman.

Nathan Redmond reveals why Virgil van Dijk didn’t join Liverpool

Liverpool were desperate to sign the £60m rated centre-back, although cooled their interest amid tapping up accusations.

Van Dijk submitted a transfer request and was forced to train with Southampton’s U23 squad - but still wasn’t allowed to leave.

The Premier League sold its TV rights for £5.2 billion in 2015 and Redmond says the increased cash flow to traditionally smaller clubs like Southampton has strengthened their hand in the transfer market.

“It’s how the Premier League is these days,” Redmond exclusively told Starsport.