Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign Southampton and Netherland center-back Virgil van Dijk after a row with their Premier League rivals.
Reports earlier on this week indicated that the Saints were threatening action over the Liverpool's pursuit of their defender, claiming an illegal approach had been made by the Reds in their bid to sign the player.
Rumour had it that Van Dijk had expressed interest in joining the 2005 UEFA Champions League winners despite strong interest from Chelsea and Manchester City without the two clubs (Liverpool & Southampton) having opened negotiations regarding any transfer.
In a statement released on their website, Liverpool apologised for any misunderstanding and confirmed they would no longer look to sign Van Dijk this summer.
"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," it read.
"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."