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Liverpool’s pursuit of Van Dijk branded ’embarrassing’ by former Reds star Riise

Date Posted,June 9, 2017

John Arne Riise has branded Liverpool’s failed pursuit of Virgil van Dijk and subsequent apology to Southampton as “embarrassing”.

The Reds were forced to offer Saints a dramatic public apology after the south coast side reported them to the Premier League for tapping up, as reported in the Liverpool Echo .

Jurgen Klopp was also made by club bosses to drop his interest in the centre back after the boss had hoped to make a club record deal to sign the Dutchman.

And Riise has been unimpressed with how the events have unfolded and blasted his former club in a Twitter Q&A with fans.

Virgil van Dijk will not be joining Liverpool this season (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts
Jurgen Klopp has been accused of tapping Virgil van Dijk up (Photo: Reuters)

Asked about how the situation, Riise simply tweeted: “Embarrassing”.

Riise was answering questions from fans on Twitter in a quick-fire Q&A session, and also claimed Sturridge should depart Anfield in search of regular game time.

“Think it’s best for him to go where he can play regularly” he responded when asked about the striker’s situation.

Virgil van Dijk posted a cryptic Twitter picture earlier this week (Photo: Virgil van Dijk?/Twitter)
John Arne Riise of Liverpool FC Legends in action during the match between Liverpool FC Legends and the Australian Legends
John Arne Riise in action for Liverpool FC Legends (Photo: Getty Images)

The Norwegian won the FA Cup, League Cup and the Champions League during his seven-year stay at Anfield and explained his biggest regret during his time with the Reds was leaving in 2008.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the former left-back revealed his greatest moment as a Liverpool player to be the 2005 Champions League win and said his most cherished goals were those against Manchester United and Everton.

Here’s how Riise responded to fans across Twitter on Friday afternoon….

Favourite all-time player? “Messi”.

Totti or Gerrard? “Most complete Gerrard”.

What positions do LFC need this summer? “Centre-back, striker, left-back”.

Former footballer Sami Hyypia before the race
John Arne Riise’s best mate at Liverpool was Sami Hyypia (Photo: Reuters / Phil Noble)

Best friend at LFC? “Been lucky. But Hyypia was important for me”.

Best goalkeeper you played with? “Pepe Reina”.

Favourite Premier League moment? “Goals against Everton and Man U”.

Favourite goal ever scored? “ Favorite against Man U, best for Monaco against Bordeaux”.

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