Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly lining up mega-money bids to attract Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk to La Liga.
The Spanish heavyweights have endured indifferent starts to the new season and are believed to be keen to secure ambitious moves to land Liverpool boss Klopp and defender Van Dijk.
Klopp has established himself as one of world football’s leading managers after transforming Liverpool into one of Europe’s top sides, with the German having guided the club to Champions League success last season and the Merseyside club currently sitting five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Dutch international Van Dijk has had a similarly impressive impact since arriving in a then £75m world-record deal in 2018, the defender being named as the PFA Player of the Year last season after helping Liverpool to the top-flight’s best defensive record.
The 27-year-old is also the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or later this year, where he would become the first defender to win the award since 2006. Van Dijk would also become the first player outside of Barcelona or Real Madrid to win the award in over a decade, since Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the honour at Manchester United in 2008.
According to the Daily Star, the two European giants are keen to secure the services of the influential duo in a mega-money deal, as they bid to reassert their positions amongst Europe’s elite.
Klopp’s current Liverpool deal runs until 2022, and whilst the German has indicated he may leave the club following the conclusion of his contract, he remains committed to the club for the next three seasons.
Liverpool do not want to lose either figure and their position on Van Dijk is even stronger, the Netherland’s captain currently tied to Anfield until 2022.