Despite being the favourites for his signature, Liverpool have sensationally pulled out of a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk.
The Anfield club had been been heavily linked with the Southampton defender, who was reportedly very keen to join Jurgen Klopps team. It is thought that the player had agreed terms and it had been claimed that the Saints were holding out for a transfer fee around £60m.
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.
In the light of this, Liverpool have come out publicly to end their interest in the Dutchman:
“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.”
This will be a bitter blow for Liverpools transfer plans this summer, and leaves them looking for other defensive reinforcements.
As for Van Dijk, Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked with having an interest during this transfer window, while Southampton are thought to be unwilling to sell.