Pundit reveals three reasons why Liverpool pulled out of Virgil van Dijk deal

Former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson attempts to explain why a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk collapsed on Wednesday evening

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David Thompson has listed three reasons why Liverpool ended their interest in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds released a statement on Wednesday evening to confirm that Liverpool won’t be signing the Netherlands international this summer.

Indeed, the Merseyside outfit send an apology to Southampton over their pursuit of the 25-year-old centre-half in recent weeks.

Liverpool’s statement read:

“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.”

Former Liverpool midfielder Thompson suggested three reasons why the 18-time English champions were forced to end their bid to sign Van Dijk.

Thompson tweeted: “Liverpool pull out of the race to sign Virgil Van Dijk too expensive and would come with a fine and transfer embargo for tapping up #lfc”

The former Celtic defender move to Southampton in a £13m deal in the 2015 summer transfer window.

The Dutch defender has established himself as one of the most-exciting centre-halves in the Premier League over the past 24 months.

Liverpool agreed a deal to sign England Under-21 international Domimic Solanke from Premier League champions Chelsea last month.

The Reds are bound to be linked with a host of players in the summer transfer window after securing a return to the Champions League.

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