Jamie Carragher believes that only the person who “fed the story” of Virgil van Dijk’s desire to join Liverpool should apologise.
Liverpool had courted Van Dijk throughout the summer and were expected to spend a world-record fee for a defender on the Dutchman.
It was widely reported that the centre-half had been offered £200,000 a week in wages to move to Anfield, and that he wished to join them over Manchester City and Chelsea.
But the transfer took a bizarre turn on Wednesday evening when Liverpool released an official statement through their website apologising for their conduct and ending their interest.
Southampton were thought to be angered by Liverpool’s means of approaching both the player and the deal, and had reportedly made an official complaint to the Premier League.
Liverpool’s apology could be a means of avoiding any punishment for their actions, and Carragher was left bemused and angry by the events on Twitter.
‘(The) only person at Liverpool who should apologise is the person who fed the story he wanted to come to LFC when no fee had been agreed,’ he wrote.
‘I’m blaming the person at LFC who fed it to the local press.
‘Southampton won’t be bothered LFC spoke to player/agent before them as they & all clubs do it. But will be with LFC for feeding that fact to press.’