All is well with the world as now Southampton are reportedly happy with Liverpool’s apology over the pursuit of Virgil van Dijk and consider the matter closed. Phew….!
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool’s public display of regret was the turning point for the Saints hierarchy and now, the Reds have ended their interest in the former Celtic star. (For now!)
Prior to the statement released yesterday by Liverpool, Southampton did report the club to the Premier League authorities over an illegal approach for the player. Thankfully the Premier League who wanted to investigate the matter further are said to be happy with the actions taken by both clubs.
Klopp also apologised on wednesday:
“Liverpool would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.
“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk. We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”
Van Dijk’s future is now set to be a two-horse race between Chelsea and Manchester City despite both distancing themselves.
After ending their interest in the Saints man, Liverpool are now pursuing Lazio’s £25m-rated centre-back, Stefan de Vrij.
In future I really hope that the media leaks stop, it could have been a lot worse, whilst a large fine would be frustrating a transfer ban would be unthinkable!