According to Sky Sports, Southampton are content with Liverpool’s apology with regards to the illegal approach the club made to Virgil van Dijk and now consider the matter to be over.
Jürgen Klopp reportedly “tapped up” Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk and messaged the Dutchman regularly to convince him to move to Liverpool. Subsequently, Southampton were irate when reports emerged that van Dijk had agreed to join the Reds and reported the issue to the Premier League.
Then, in an embarrassing turn of events, Liverpool issued a public apology to Southampton and declared all interest in van Dijk to be over.
Understand Southampton have accepted Liverpool’s apology over their attempt to sign Virgil van Dijk. Now unlikely PL will take any action
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 8, 2017
What is of significance is that, with Southampton accepting Liverpool’s apology, it’s unlikely that disciplinary action will ensue from the Premier League. Reports indicated this morning that Liverpool could face a heavy fine and/or a transfer ban.
This is due to the fact that Liverpool have priors. The club was slapped with a two-year transfer ban on signing players from English academies earlier this year after “tapping up” a 12-year-old Stoke youngster.
Sky Sports report that the Premier League are unlikely to follow up with disciplinary action with the apology to Southampton “the end of the matter.”
Crucially, in Liverpool’s statement, it would seem as though all interest in van Dijk will not be pursued. The final line in the statement reads: “We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”
It seems unlikely that Virgil van Dijk will wear red next season after what can only be referred to as a farce on Liverpool’s part. If the Dutchman ends up wearing the blue of Manchester City or Chelsea, Liverpool won’t be able to blame anyone else.
It remains to be seen whether or not van Dijk issues a written transfer request to force through a move but with Liverpool’s statement not offering much room to manoeuvre, the Anfield outfit will not be the ones to make a move happen.