Premier League


Southampton have announced that they are happy to have resolved their showdown with Liverpool over their approach for Virgil van Dijk.

Reps from both clubs met to thrash out the issue after the Saints reported the Reds to the Premier League.

Liverpool and Southampton had done several businesses in recent years but the St Mary’s were displeased at how Anfield were desperate to lure defender Van Dijk. The Premier League said they would review the case but the club have quickly squashed it.

Van Dijk is believed to be interested in the move to Anfield ahead of interests from Manchester City and Chelsea. Southampton have resolved to keep their star player and skipper beyond this summer. His contract with the club has five years before it lapses.

Liverpool were ready to break their transfer record – £35 million paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 – to get Van Dijk as a permanent solution to their defensive woes. The player is excited that Klopp is personally involved in the process to sign him.

But with the issue on ground and possibly cost implications as there are decent options, Liverpool confirmed that they would end their chase for Van Dijk. They also apologized to Southampton on Wednesday for their conduct while trying to sign the Dutch star. The Premier League would take it as the end of the case, with no further actions expected.

Klopp has been central in the whole recruitment process this season after being burnt this season. He personally apologized to the “owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton.” Saints boss Claude Puel has said that the player would not leave the club but time would tell.