Liverpool hand massive boost as Barcelona pull out of the race for £60m target

Liverpool have received a boost in their hopes of signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton after Barcelona cooled their interest in the centre-back.

The defender was on the radar of the Catalan giants, who are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements in the winter transfer window.

Van Dijk’s potential switch to Liverpool was the transfer saga of the summer, with the Reds having to publicly apologise to the Saints for alledgedly illegally approaching the player.

But the rumours refused to dry up and the Netherlands international was still heavily linked with making a move to Anfield.

However, Van Dijk stayed put at Southampton and Barcelona were then credited with showing an interest in the defender.

But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have now cooled their interest in the 26-year-old as they believe he is too expensive.