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Barcelona And Real Madrid Target Jurgen Klopp And Virgil Van Dijk

Barcelona And Real Madrid Target Jurgen Klopp And Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool duo Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk are reportedly targets for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, after turning the Reds fortunes around.

Klopp has changed the Reds from trying to break into the Premier League's top four into a side that look like they may win the league this season.

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The German is one of the best managers in the world and according to Spanish paper AS he is being targeted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

A big part of Klopp's turn around of the team's fortunes is thanks to the signing of centre back Van Dijk and the paper says the Dutchman is also on both La Liga giants' transfer wish list.

The season may have only just kicked off but both Spanish sides' current managers are under pressure, partly because of the results at the end of last season.

Barca looked set for a league, cup and Champions League treble under Ernesto Valverde but ended up with 'only' the La Liga title, after losing in the final of the Copa del Rey and throwing away a three goal lead in the Champions League semi final against Liverpool.

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Zidane is already under some pressure at the Bernabeu. Image: PA Images
Zidane is already under some pressure at the Bernabeu. Image: PA Images

The Catalan giants haven't started this season well either with a loss to Athletic Bilbao and a draw with Osasuna in their opening four La Liga games.

Real had a poor season all round last year but the return of Zinedine Zidane was supposed to turn their fortunes around, however Los Blancos lost four of their final 10 games of the season under the Frenchman.

The beginning of this season hasn't started well for the three time Champions League winning manager either, with two draws and two wins, despite a big transfer budget in the summer.

Florentino Perez doesn't exactly have a reputation for letting managers stick around too long at the Bernabeu and Klopp could be the man to take over if he decides Zidane's second stint will be a short one.

Van Dijk might be named as the best player in the world this month. Image: PA Images
Van Dijk might be named as the best player in the world this month. Image: PA Images

Van Dijk would instantly improve any sides defending, as he has for the Premier League side, and both teams have been looking for the next centre back to replace ageing players.

Barca have been trying for years to strengthen their defence and Gerard Pique is turning 33 in February.

At Real captain Sergio Ramos is 34 in March and the addition of Van Dijk to either side would certainly make a lot of sense, but cost a lot of money.

The two biggest clubs in the world being interested in Liverpool's two biggest commodities proves just how far the team have come in the last four years.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Barcelona, Premier League, England, Virgil Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Spain, Real Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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