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."

This is a sad end to a story that had taken a turn for the worst when Southampton reported Liverpool to the FA accusing them of tapping-up Van Dijk.

He would have been a valuable addition to our porous defence,
the search continues.

The Premier League disciplinary body will not pursue the matter following LFC's statement.