Liverpool end interest in Southampton Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool have today pulled out of the race to sign Virgil Van Dijk after apologising to Southampton over “any misunderstanding” regarding the player.

Virgil Van Dijk Liverpool
The Southampton defender was keen on a big money move to Liverpool

Full statement:

Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.

We apologies to the owner, board of the directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil Van Dijk.

We respect Southampton’s position and confirm we have ended any interest in the player.

Yesterday Southampton had said they would report Liverpool to the Premier League over an illegal approach for the player, after it emerged the player fancied a move to Anfield over Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had made signing the Netherlands international a top priority.

Van Dijk only signed a new six-year contract last summer, having joined Southampton from Celtic for £13 million in the 2015 summer transfer window.

The player himself missed the last five months of the season after picking up an ankle injury in a 3-0 home victory against then Premier League champions Leicester City.