Without Van Dijk, Southampton were thrashed by a rampant Tottenham and a section of travelling fans at Wembley chanted "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Pellegrino. However, while a move never materialized for the Dutchman, things could be different in the winter window, especially as it now looks like Barcelona have also entered the race to sign him.
The 25-year-old has been told he can leave Rome during the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
Friday night's 3-3 draw at Arsenal provided more unwanted evidence of Liverpool's inability to see out a game from a winning position, with individual errors costing Jurgen Klopp's side once again after they established a 2-0 lead.
Harry Kane hit a hat-trick to crown a record-breaking year as the struggling Saints were put to the sword, with Van Dijk a notable absentee.
Tottenham 5 Southampton 2: Records tumble for inspirational hat-trick hero Kane
Kane rounds off the year with 39 Premier League goals and 56 strikes in all competitions for Spurs and England. The last nine or 10 years it's been Cristiano Ronaldo (the best in the world) and today it's Harry Kane .
As potential transfers go, Van Dijk moving to Liverpool is a pretty good gamble to takea chance reporting as an agreed deal, but it doesn't look like everything is agreed with Southampton or the player yet.
De Vrij has played 33 times for the Dutch national team and was part of the squad that finished 3rd in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Spurs welcome Southampton to White Hart Lane this afternoon and get a bumper day of Premier League action underway. Twelve momnths on, Van Dijk is the candidate with the most options to join the Premier League leaders.