MX23RW : Tuesday, April 7 17:38:49| >> :60:344:344:

Paul Ince: 'Liverpool may struggle to keep hold of Virgil van Dijk'

Ince: 'Liverpool may struggle to keep Van Dijk'
© Reuters
Virgil van Dijk would struggle to say no to Real Madrid or Barcelona if either club makes an offer for his services, according to ex-Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince.

Paul Ince has warned former club Liverpool that they risk losing Virgil van Dijk at the end of the season if one of Real Madrid or Barcelona table an offer.

The Netherlands international has been instrumental to the Reds' success since arriving from Southampton in a record deal for a defender just over two years ago.

Spanish giants Madrid and Barca have been credited with an interest in Van Dijk, however, and Ince believes that it may be out of Liverpool's hands if one of those clubs make an approach.

"I think what they're doing is great - the players and Klopp - but great teams win trophies year in year out," he is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. "They've got a big chance to do that but we'll need to look back in a few years to see what they've done to say that was a great Liverpool team.

"Obviously it's now a question of how they get better in the future. It's tough because they've got some young exciting players who are only going to improve but in football things change - we saw that with Philippe Coutinho, suddenly someone like Barcelona comes in and they're off.

"It's a case of keeping the best players at Liverpool. Will someone come in for Van Dijk? When Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking it's hard to say no.

"That's the thing about being a victim of your own success. When you're doing so many great things like Liverpool are doing it alerts other big clubs like Barcelona or Madrid. It's hard to say no as a player when they come in."

Liverpool are reportedly planning to offer Van Dijk a new contract in an attempt to fend off interest from rival clubs.


Click here for more stories about Virgil van Dijk

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring for Liverpool on November 30, 2019
Read Next:
Gullit: 'Van Dijk reason Liverpool surpassed City'
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Live scores banner
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!