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  • David Tyrer

Could Van Dijk help keep De Ligt from Barca's clutches?

Well, he's certainly trying!

It was announced a few weeks ago that Ajax club captain Matthijs De Ligt had agreed to join Barcelona in the summer, with his personal terms almost agreed.

But nothing is set in stone just yet, and that has meant that Virgil Van Dijk can keep pressing his international team-mate to join him at Anfield.

The Dutch youngster spoke last month about the possibility of playing with Van Dijk at club and international level and how that appealed to him, but all indications were that he was off to Barca.

When asked about De Ligt, Virg said: "He's obviously an excellent defender, that's clear.

"He can still improve a lot and he realises that, but playing like he does at that age is fantastic and I'm really happy to play besides him."

Nothing ground-breaking and many fans will wonder what the fuss was all about, but it's small things these days. Players are seemingly tasked with 'tapping up' international team-mates and top players that their club sides covet in the most subtle of ways via the press.

Hopefully, seeing Big Virg dominating again for Holland last night and in imperious form once again will give De Ligt second thoughts on signing for the Catalan club.

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