Liverpool avoid Van Dijk punishment; move looking unrealistic

Date published: Tuesday 27th June 2017 9:29

Liverpool have escaped any further punishment over their botched efforts to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Holland star looked to be close to joining the Reds earlier this month after agreeing terms on a move.

Liverpool, however, failed to negotiate a fee with Southampton and their conduct led to the Saints lodging an official complaint over the tapping-up of van Dijk.

The Anfield outfit apologised straight away, publicly ending their interest in the player, and it had been thought that the Premier League would act but Liverpool ‘will not face any action’.

Matt Hughes of The Times reports that ‘there is insufficient evidence to start disciplinary proceedings’ against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Southampton’s complaint stands, but as they have already submitted evidence for the case which has been dismissed by the Premier League, any charges are deemed unlikely at this stage.

‘Premier League lawyers have spoken to both clubs and are satisfied that the correct procedures have been followed,’ Hughes writes.

The report adds that Liverpool remain keen on a deal for Van Dijk, who Southampton value at a huge £70million, although it is ‘unrealistic’ that the Reds will pay that much.

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