Liverpool will face competition from top club for 26-year-old defender – report

Liverpool are set to face competition from Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in England

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Liverpool will have to see off competition from Juventus to sign Southampton club captain Juventus in the January transfer window, according to reports in England.

The Sunday Mirror is reporting that the Serie A champions want to sign the Netherlands international in January to improve their centre-half options following Leonardo Bonucci’s sale.

The same article states that Liverpool remain interested in the 26-year-old defender despite a frustrating summer transfer window where the Reds failed to sign Van Dijk.

According to the same article, Juventus will get in touch with Southampton about a potential deal to sign Van Dijk, while Premier League champions Chelsea are also interested.

Liverpool were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton over their pursuit of Van Dijk but the Reds continued to be linked with the ex Celtic defender.

The Reds failed to strengthen their centre-half options as Jurgen Klopp opted to place his faith in Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan for the 2017-18 season.

Liverpool suffered a resounding 5-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke, Hull City defender Andy Robertson and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.

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