Liverpool have officially ended their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and offered apologies to the club for making improper contacts with the player.
The german manager of the anfield team, Jurgen Klopp, said 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.’’
Southampton had earlier reported the Reds to the Premier League over illegal advances at the centre-back who also plays for the Netherlands senior team.
Van Dijk has been at the centre of much interest from the Premier League’s top clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea, but was suspected to favour a move to Liverpool.
It’s left to be seen if things will improve as Southampton are currently on the lookout for a new manager, having relieved the Frenchman Claude Puel of his role earlier this week.