LIVERPOOL are lining up a £40m double swoop for Southampton duo Virgil van Dijk and Sam McQueen, according to reports
In the past two summers Liverpool have paid Southampton almost £100m in transfer fees for Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
Saints – subject of a £200m takeover bid from China – also fear losing captain Jose Fonte, who is still attracting interest from Manchester United.
Van Dijk has been Southampton’s standout performer this term and boss Claude Puel knows he faces an uphill battle to keep his star man.
The 25-year-old turned in a man of the match display as Saints held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
On his performance, Puel added: “It’s not a surprise. It’s not amazing.
“Since the beginning of the season van Dijk is fantastic and he now keeps good concentration.
“He has the quality and the capacity to defend one against one. It is important with our game because we try to have the ball.
“He can make very good progress and it is it important for the future.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is the Premier League’s best player, according to team-mate Lucas.
The midfielder said: “Philippe is an important player, probably the best in the league at the moment. I think this year, he has gone up another level in terms of consistency.
“He can improve because he is only 24 and he has the desire to improve. He will have a brilliant season.”