Liverpool warned stars could leave if Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling

Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince reckons Jurgen Klopp may have difficulty keeping the likes of Virgil van Dijk at the club next season.

Van Dijk is one of the standout performers in a Reds side who are on the brink of winning the club's first-ever Premier League crown – and their first league title since 1990.

The Dutch defender and his title-chasing team-mates have enjoyed a glittering year after winning the Champions League last season, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this campain.

But Ince fears that Van Dijk could be one of a number of stars to leave the club this summer – if Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Obviously it's now a question of how they get better in the future, it's tough .

"They've got some young exciting players who are only going to improve but football things change – we saw that with Philippe Coutinho, suddenly someone like Barcelona come in and they're off 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.

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