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“Embarrassing and amateurish,” “A new low” – Liverpool fans react to end of Virgil van Dijk pursuit

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Liverpool fans have reacted furiously to a statement from the club on Wednesday evening apologising to Southampton and ending their interest in Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk was Jurgen Klopp‘s prime target for this summer and Liverpool were ready to break their transfer record for the Dutch centre-back, who had reportedly decided on a move to Anfield.

However, after Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League over an illegal approach, Liverpool issued a statement offering their apologies to the south coast club.

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.

A dramatic and gutting end to the saga and a massive blow to Klopp’s summer transfer plans.

Fans are not happy and Liverpool have a PR nightmare on their hands – just a week after a new chief executive was appointed at the club.

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Liverpool could be set to turn their attentions to van Dijk’s international teammate, Stefan de Vrij, according to reports from Italy.

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