Thursday 14 December 2017

Liverpool escape sanction for 'tapping up' Saints' van Dijk

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. Photo: PA Wire
Southampton's Virgil van Dijk. Photo: PA Wire

Jamie Holland

Liverpool are set to avoid punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Saints reported the Reds to the Premier League after numerous reports emerged suggesting that the Holland international had decided he wanted to join Liverpool.

Southampton took their grievance to the authorities, prompting an immediate apology from Liverpool - and a commitment to end their interest in the centre-back.

A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but that has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton's claim

Elsewhere, World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann has distanced himself from speculation that he could return to management at Sunderland.

The 52-year-old German, who has been out of football since being sacked by the United States in November, had been linked with the vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

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