Liverpool have sensationally ended their pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk just days after the player agreed to join the Reds.

On Monday evening reports emerged that the defender had decided to join Liverpool despite there being more lucrative contract offers on the table from Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

That news came less than a week after Football Whispers exclusively told you Liverpool were confident of landing van Dijk ahead of their rivals. His transfer was to be a statement of intent from the club with owners Fenway Sports Group backing Jürgen Klopp in the market.

Van Dijk’s signing was supposed to kickstart the dawn of a new era for the Reds.

However, the Saints reported Liverpool to the FA amid fears the player had been tapped up. The Mirror claimed Klopp met the player and his entourage in Blackpool and regularly messaged the centre-back.

The validity of these claims have yet to be confirmed but the Merseyside club released an official statement on the club website to inform the world their pursuit of the Dutch defender was over.

“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.”

The Premier League have subsequently confirmed they will not be taking action against Liverpool following the club’s statement.

The Reds decision to pull out of a deal for the Dutch star leaves the door open for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal to battle it out for his services.

Liverpool were understood to be willing to pay as much as £60million to land van Dijk and the Saints would expect a similar fee from any of the trio to take him from St Mary’s.

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