Liverpool's sorry ending to Virgil van Dijk transfer rumours

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 10, 2017

Widespread reports claim Southampton are yet to receive any contact from Liverpool regarding Van Dijk, despite the defender apparently indicating he is eager to move to Anfield.

In this case, it appears Liverpool approached van Dijk without permission from Southampton, which is considered "tapping up" or "tampering".

However, it seemed as though those reports were untrue as Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League of making an illegal approach to their player.

Though Southampton have done business with Liverpool over recent years, they feel that the Reds have overstepped in this case and the prospective move to the Reds is now officially dead.

Liverpool have apologised to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" and ended their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk. With a strong defense, they would have had a big chance to win the title and Klopp must sort out the back line in the summer transfer window.

This comes as a major blow to Liverpool, who are expected to spend as much £200 million this summer as they seek to reestablish themselves as Premier League and Champions League contenders.

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

But Van Dijk now looks set to stay on the south coast unless Chelsea or Manchester City rekindle their interest.

Dutch global defender Virgil van Dijk could become the world's most expensive defender and join English Premier League giant Liverpool from rival Southampton, according to British media reports.

He missed the final five months of last season - including Southampton's 3-2 loss in the EFL Cup final to Manchester United - after sustaining an ankle injury in January.

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