Pundit makes interesting Liverpool claim about Virgil van Dijk deal

Former Leeds and Man United midfielder Johnny Giles has a theory about why Liverpool ended their interest in Virgil van Dijk

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk/Twitter

Johnny Giles has suggested that Liverpool pulled out of a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk as a result of his inflated price tag.

The Netherlands international was thought to be on the brink of a move to Liverpool last week amid reports that the Reds had agreed a £60m transfer fee.

Indeed, Van Dijk was reported as preferring a move to Liverpool ahead of cash-rich Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, the transfer saga took a twist on Wednesday when Liverpool released a statement apologising to Van Dijk’s club Southampton.

The Reds expressed regret surrounding a “misunderstanding” involving Van Dijk and the media speculation about the Dutch defender’s future.

Liverpool ended their statement by confirming that they had ended their interest in the former Celtic man.

However, former Leeds and Manchester United midfielder Giles has suggested that the Liverpool owners saw an easy way out of a deal that would have seen the Reds smash their club-record fee.

“I’ve got my own theory,” Giles told Irish radio station Newstalk.

“I’m not sure the Liverpool owners would want to spend £60m on that type of player. It’s a lot of money for Liverpool to spend.

“They didn’t have to pull out of it all together. Klopp hasn’t spent big money. His spend is way down on Man United. They don’t want to be seen to be able to pay the fee.

“I think Liverpool are a bit ‘forced’ to spend money. It might be a bit of relief for the owners to say they’re pulling out altogether.”

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