Liverpool apologise to Southampton and drop interest in player

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have apologised to Southampton over "any misunderstanding" surrounding their interest in defender Virgil van Dijk and say they have dropped their interest in signing the player.

In a statement issued by Liverpool, this evening, the club said: 

"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 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."

Widespread reports in UK newspaper had suggested Jurgen Klopp had been in regular contact with Van Dijk in recent months.

It was reported today that Southampton had contacted the Football Association to express their concerns that Liverpool have been in touch with Van Dijk, even though they have not received any formal offers for a defender who has also been linked with moves to Manchester City and Chelsea this summer.