Liverpool have ended their interest in the defender and been forced to apologise after being accused of tapping up the Dutch international.
The Reds backed out of the chase for the centre-half, having been in pole position to land Van Dijk in a £50million-plus deal.
The Merseysiders were forced to publish an unprecedented statement saying sorry to the Saints, after being reported to the FA over an alleged illegal approach.
It is understood that the club’s American owners personally intervened to direct the shock climb down, amid their concerns that the fall out could damage the club’s reputation.
Mirror Sport reported that Van Dijk was thought to have been flown to a meeting in Blackpool to discuss a potential move to Anfield and had regular message contact with manager Jurgen Klopp.
The player is thought to have decided that Liverpool the only club he would sign for after being impressed by Klopp’s vision of the future – leaving Southampton furious with the Reds tactics.
“I remember the days when Liverpool used to be quite classy in transfer negotiations,” declared Saints icon Le Tissier, speaking to talkSPORT.
“There have been no bids for Virgil this summer, and until a bid has been accepted you shouldn’t be talking to the player.”
Southampton have little interest in selling the Dutchman, who has impressed since being signed from Celtic.
Van Dijk still has five years left on his contract at the south coast club, but Le Tissier believes if the money goes high enough, then the Saints will have little choice but to cash in.
“If a club came in with a world record bid, it would be foolish for Southampton to turn that down,” continued Le Tissier.
“However, with what’s gone on I think it would be certainly be highly unlikely, even if Virgil puts a transfer request in, that he’d go to Liverpool this summer.
“The club have no interest in selling Virgil this summer. He’s got five years left on his contract and he’s the captain of the club, and the club’s intention is to keep him.
“But if a world record bid comes in, then of course every player has their price.”