What the papers say Real Madrid and Barcelona are preparing to go head to head in an audacious battle to lure defender Virgil Van Dijk and manager Jurgen Klopp away from Liverpool, according to AS. The Spanish football website says both clubs are becoming concerned that their status as European giants is fading. This coincides with Liverpool’s powerful start to the Premier League campaign, and after Klopp also guided them to the Champions League title last season. Van Dijk, who was bought by Liverpool for a defender’s world record of £75million, has been a star for the Reds in each of their five games this term.
Virgil Van Dijk
Steve Bruce will be reunited with with one of his best signings and the one that got away when he takes Newcastle to Liverpool on Saturday.
Vincent Kompany’s poor luck with injuries has struck again, ruling the former Manchester City captain out of his own testimonial.
Vincent Kompany is to miss his own testimonial due to a hamstring problem.
What the papers say Paulo Dybala‘s prospective move to Tottenham may not have gone through during the summer transfer window, but the Champions League finalists will be offered the chance to make a move for the £65million-rated forward in January, reports the Daily Star.
Premier League stars and England Women dominate the shortlists for The Best FIFA Football Awards.
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk will renew his rivalry with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after being shortlisted alongside the two greats in The Best FIFA Football Awards.
A “passion” for preventing goals, great coaching and Liverpool’s “world-class forwards” are what Virgil Van Dijk believes helped him become the first defender to win UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award on Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp is hoping to give Liverpool fans more special Istanbul memories by overcoming Chelsea to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
Adrian could scarcely ask for a bigger stage on which to make his first Liverpool start, but the experienced goalkeeper has been backed by Virgil van Dijk to prove his worth in the UEFA Super Cup.
Virgil van Dijk is confident Adrian can slot straight into the Liverpool side if first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker is sidelined for significant time with a calf injury.