Van Dijk camp rebuffs Barca interest?

Liverpool star and Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk's agent is believed to have responded to Spanish giants FC Barcelona's reported interest in the Dutch defender.

Van Dijk, 28, is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world at the moment, and is tipped to beat off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award following his excellent performances in the 2018/19 campaign.

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In addition to guiding the Reds to the UEFA Champions League title last season, the world's most expensive defender picked up a host of individual accolades, most notably the Premier League Player of the Season award.

As per Daily Mirror journalist John Cross, the Blaugrana have enquired into the former Celtic man's availability with a view to acquiring his services.

"Do not expect it to happen for a moment, but Barcelona made enquiries about whether Virgil van Dijk could be tempted to leave Liverpool," Cross wrote in his weekly column for the Daily Mirror.

"They were quickly given short shrift by the Dutch defender's representatives.

"They did not bother taking it further."

Since joining Jurgen Klopp's side in a club-record £75 million (R1.3 billion) deal in 2018, the Dutchman has made 72 appearances for the Anfield club, scoring seven goals along the way.