This is probably clutching at very short straws, and the way Liverpool has run itself during this transfer market so far, we wouldn’t trust them to bring in anyone before the deadline, but new CEO Peter Moore certainly has a chance to prove himself early on.
After FSG released a statement yesterday evening apologising to Southampton for illegally approaching Virgil Van Dijk, Moore will meet with their officials to discuss what’s happened during the saga.
On Monday, somebody leaked to the press that Van Dijk had chosen us over Chelsea and Manchester City, which angered Southampton who had not given us permission to speak with their captain.
They reported us to the Premier League, and afraid of potential sanctions, FSG decided to step away as they’re very concerned about the club’s image – here and abroad.
According to Paul Joyce in the Times, Moore will see if a deal is resurrectable, with the defender still keen on playing for Jurgen Klopp, who he met in Blackpool a few weeks ago. He’s meeting reps from all Premier League clubs today, including Southampton – but it would take both clubs to resolve differences before any concrete transfer negotiations could take place.
Liverpool has a list of alternatives, but Klopp will be furious about what’s happened and will be actively encouraging Moore to do all he can to get Southampton to play ball before the end of the summer.
We’re not holding our breath, of course.