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Le Tissier slams embarrassing Liverpool over Van Dijk saga

Virgil van Dijk (Getty Images)
Virgil van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has slammed Liverpool after they were accused of illegally approaching sought-after defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds have apologised for the way they pursued the Saints centre-back's services, after it was reported that Jurgen Klopp had held private talks with Van Dijk before lodging a formal bid.

Le Tissier has criticised the Merseysiders for their behaviour, and added that he didn't expect a club of their stature to be caught 'tapping up' a player.

"Somebody forgot that the way to go about a transfer is to actually make a bid first," he told talkSPORT.

"Where all these stories came from, they just jumped the gun a little bit early and maybe should have held fire until Liverpool had agreed a fee with Southampton then maybe they would have got the man.

"I remember the days when Liverpool used to be quite classy in transfer negotiations."

Le Tissier added: "There have been no bids for Virgil this summer, and until a bid has been accepted you shouldn't be talking to the player."

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