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On the 5th June 2017,

It seemed as if Liverpool had finally won the race for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk after the player verbally agreed to choose the club over giant rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

End of transfer window: The Virgil van Dijk dilemmaThe centre backs training has well and truly paid off with the modern-day qualities Van Dijk possesses; incredible strength, positioning and ability to play out from the back, it was inevitable one of the big guns come knocking. However, after penning down a huge 6-year deal at the backend of 2016, Southampton just will not budge their stance on the player. In fact, they simply do not welcome any sort of negotiations with their captain or his representatives.

This is what had truly fuelled fire to the speculation. It was reported that Liverpool had taken an ‘illegal approach’ to sign the former Celtic man via not having the permission to directly contact the player. It was then clear, Southampton had formally complained against LFC’s unethical approach for the player to the Premier League. Dependant on investigation outcomes, Liverpool could be served with a hefty fine and substantial transfer ban.

More worryingly, Liverpool chairman then came out with a public statement; “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 farce. An embarrassment. A humiliation. A joke. This is what Liverpool fans most likely think of the Virgil van Dijk conundrum. Virgil Van Dijk is yet to make any sort of indication as to whether he will continue to push for a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side, elsewhere or remain at Southampton.

Post written by Jonathan Roberts
Blog: missingstudsfootball.wordpress.com, Twitter: @missingstuds

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