Despite being humiliated in their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool won’t sack Michael Edwards.
Liverpool were essentially on the verge of signing Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutchman agreeing to join the Reds. The issue? Southampton didn’t take kindly to the fact that someone inside the Merseyside club leaked van Dijk’s intention of relocating to Liverpool to the press.
Reports on Monday indicated that van Dijk had agreed to join Liverpool. Then, it emerged that Southampton had reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an illegal approach, commonly referred to as “tapping up.”
In modern football, most clubs approach players and their representatives before agreeing a deal with the selling club. The difference between the norm and what Liverpool did and the complication that arose was that these clubs don’t make their negotiations public whereas someone inside Liverpool Football Club did.
Supporters have pointed the finger of blame at sporting director Michael Edwards for allowing a deal to fall through.
The Liverpool Echo’s Andy Kelly insists that it is unlikely that Michae Edwards is in trouble after the drama that unfolded regarding Liverpool’s pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.
Kelly writes, “Liverpool insiders believe the suggestion owners FSG will conduct a full review and demand an explanation from Edwards over the van Dijk affair is likely to be wide of the mark.
“Why? Because quite simply they were already fully aware and involved in what was unfolding. Edwards would be telling them what they already know.
“If this was failure – and it was the very definition of it – then it was collective failure and everybody involved will need to assess how to get Liverpool back on the front foot.“
Just a few days ago, the Liverpool fanbase was buoyed by the thought of signing two primary transfer targets in Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk. Now, both players look unlikely to move to Merseyside this summer with Liverpool unwilling to meet Roma’s valuation of Salah.
With Liverpool harbouring hopes of winning silverware next season and competing in the Champions League, their continued ineptitude in the transfer market is unlikely to see them do particularly well next term.
Hopefully, those involved in transfers at Liverpool will catch a wake-up and realise that with Manchester City and Chelsea moving ahead in the transfer market once more, a serious overhaul is needed with regards to the way the club approaches transfers.