Liverpool warned Real Madrid and Barcelona still pose major problem

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be wary of losing Virgil van Dijk to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

That’s according to former midfielder Paul Ince, who reckons the influential Dutchman will be firmly on the radar of La Liga’s elite.

The Reds have been imperious in the Premier League this term and look destined for title glory.

But Ince believes keeping the squad together will be on of Klopp’s biggest challenges.

"I think what they're doing is great – the players and Klopp – but great teams win trophies year in year out,” he told the Liverpool Echo .

"They've got a big chance to do that but we'll need to look back in a few years to see what they've done to say that was a great Liverpool team.

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"Obviously it's now a question of how they get better in the future, it's tough because they've got some young exciting players who are only going to improve but football things change – we saw that with Philippe Coutinho, suddenly someone like Barcelona come in and they're off off.

"It's a case of keeping the best players at Liverpool.

"Will someone come in for Van Dijk? When Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking it's hard to say no.

"That's the thing about being a victim of your own success, when you're doing so many great things like Liverpool are doing it alerts other big club like Barcelona or Madrid.

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"And it's hard to say no as a player when they come in. You look at someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, you get to the stage where you've won league and Champions League – are you prepared to do it year in year out or do you want another challenge elsewhere?

"That's what Klopp is going to have to deal with and he'll have to look at that in the future and build his team around that.”

Despite Liverpool’s stunning domestic form, they lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Influential skipper Jordan Henderson picked up a nasty hamstring injury during the clash and faces around three weeks on the sidelines.

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