The past few weeks have been a fiasco for Liverpool as their pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk hit a roadblock. Van Dijk was being chased by Liverpool Football Club for a long time but last week, Liverpool ended their pursuits by releasing a public statement ending their interest in the player.
Van Dijk somewhat resembles the Kop legend Jamie Carragher who in his pomp was perhaps the best center back in the world thanks to his reading of the game, his tackling abilities, and his composure when it comes to defending. Since Carragher, Liverpool has struggled defensively and last year it peaked as Klopp's men were in contention for the Premier League title in January and ended up almost out of the Champions League positions if not for their final day win. Now that Liverpool has ended their interest in the Dutch center half sensation, let's look at what actually happened which made Liverpool issue a public apology. Scroll down to know more
It didn't take long for the Van Dijk hype to be caught by English media. Virgil Van Dijk signed for Southampton Football Club - a club which prides itself in producing top class talents such as Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and more. But Van Dijk is definitely on top of that list.
One word - Solidity. His gigantic body structure, his tackling combined that with an impeccable reading of the game and aerial ability makes him fit in the same bracket as the German defender Mats Hummels who was so successful under Klopp.
Van Dijk had not one, not two but three clubs chasing him and among them, Liverpool emerged as front-runners thanks to their connections with Southampton and their desperation to land the center back. Since the last two transfer windows, they had earmarked him only to see their bids being rejected.
It was revealed that Liverpool Surged Ahead In Van Dijk Race With £60m Bid but that was before Southampton asked the FA to investigate the affair.
Southampton weren't happy with persistent efforts of Liverpool to lure Van Dijk and that's why they keep insisting that he's not for sale only for Liverpool to table higher bid and probably destabilize them.
Considering all the above factors, Southampton officially complaint about Liverpool's alleged approaches to lure Van Dijk to the FA.
Owing to all this, Liverpool did a smart move to publicly apologize to Southampton for their alleged illegal approaches for Virgil Van Dijk.
It seemed that Van Dijk was sad that his Liverpool move was off the cards as he not only changed his display picture but also removed
According to Yahoo! sport, Klopp had a meeting with the center back and he even showed him the videos of how he would fit in his system which interested the center back.
Following Klopp's meeting, the English media went into overdrive and started publishing news like Liverpool have won the race for him and created a fiasco all while the club - Southampton wasn't aware of the situation.
As the club wasn't aware of Van Dijk's situation and following the media outrage, they asked FA to investigate the move, which they obliged. Liverpool immediately released an apology statement following their complaint.
"The club had to take a stand this week as we have been aware of what has been going on for months and it has gone too far," a Saints source told Yahoo.
"Southampton have told the player that we don't want to sell him this summer, but he thought he could kick up a big enough fuss that he would be sold for £50m."
"That is never happening and by holding talks with the player, sending him video clips of how he will fit into their team and doing this all without the permission of Southampton, there is no way he will be sold to Liverpool at this stage.
"Of course, every player has a price and if £100m or something close is put on the table, then it will be considered, but Southampton do not need to sell van Dijk this summer."