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

Liverpool will have to see off competition from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window, according to reports

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Liverpool are set to face competition from La Liga giants Barcelona for Virgil van Dijk in January, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Barcelona are set to irritate Liverpool with a move to sign the 26-year-old defender from Southampton.

The same article states that the La Liga giants are ready to rival Liverpool for the Dutch centre-half following the disappointment of missing out on Philippe Coutinho in the summer.

According to the same story, Southampton would rather sell Van Dijk to Barcelona than Liverpool to ensure the former Celtic defender won’t come up against the Saints in the Premier League.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move to sign Van Dijk in the summer transfer window but couldn’t get a deal over the line even though the stylish centre-half handed in a transfer request.

The Reds were forced to issue an apology to the Saints about their pursuit of the Netherlands defender as Jurgen Klopp missed out on one of his top summer targets.

Barcelona endured a frustrating summer, too, after Liverpool refused to sell Brazil international Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou outfit.

The Liverpool number 10 has since scored three goals in his last four appearances in the Reds team.

MORE: Latest Liverpool FC news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive Interview
John Barnes
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on Liverpool FC, Sadio Mane and more
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
US Open 2019
Naomi Osaka
US Open preview 2019: No1 Osaka prepares to defend, but champions line up to challenge
David De Gea
David De Gea to make key Man United decision in January – report
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie sends message to Man United about Alexis Sanchez