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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk may join Real Madrid or Barcelona if the Reds win the Premier League title, former top-flight star Shaka Hislop believes.

The Holland international has excelled at Anfield ever since signing from Southampton in January 2018.

Van Dijk was a key player for Liverpool as they won the Champions League last season and is now attracting interest from Europe’s finest clubs.

Earlier this month, Spanish newspaper AS claimed both Real Madrid and Barcelona wanted to sign the 28-year-old.

And ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop believes a Premier League win may force the player to consider a move elsewhere.

“The only way I can see Virgil van Dijk leaving is if Liverpool go on and win the Premier League and he says ‘I have done everything I can here, I want a new challenge’,” he told ESPN.

“Again, whether Van Dijk feels that way or not, I don’t know.

“But if he doesn’t, that’s the only way it happens. Because as far as I’m concerned he is at a fantastic football club.

“Maybe Liverpool aren’t of the size of Real and Barca, certainly not right now.

“But they are a big club in world football.

“And given the progress that Liverpool have made, particular over the last tree years, and given the direction of the Premier League in terms of stature and finances, why do you want to move?

“So hypothetically speaking, if he does move, that’s the only reasoning behind it.”

Real Madrid would jump at the chance to sign Van Dijk, with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane struggling for form.

And so too would Barcelona, who missed out on Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus over the summer.

Meanwhile, Van dijk has backed Liverpool to bounce back from their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Napoli on Tuesday.

“I don’t know if it’s a wake-up call,” the defender said.

“Both sides were full in the game and thought it was going to be a draw.

“Obviously the penalty changed it all and we’re going home with no points but it shouldn’t be a wake-up call.

“We’ve been performing since the start of the season outstanding so there’s no reason for panic.

“The majority in the game we played well, we put them under pressure and we created opportunities on the break.

“There’s a lot of positive things apart from the result. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on Chelsea.”



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