Virgil van Dijk remains Liverpool’s No 1 defensive target this summer – despite reports linking them with a £25million move for Burnley’s Michael Keane.

Jurgen Klopp has put a commanding centre-back at the top of his summer shopping list and is keen to secure the services of Southampton defender Van Dijk.

Napoli’s Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly has also been heavily scouted by Liverpool this season and is viewed in a similar class to Van Dijk.

Former Manchester United defender Keane is on the Reds’ radar after a fine campaign for the Clarets, but isn’t viewed as a priority.

Liverpool have played down suggestions that they have already agreed personal terms with Keane on a four-year contract.

The 24-year-old England international is only likely to become a serious option for Klopp if they miss out on higher profile targets.

The Reds face serious competition for Van Dijk with Chelsea and Manchester City also keen on signing the £50million-rated Dutchman.

Saints boss Claude Puel insisted on Monday that Van Dijk would stay on the south coast next season but the defender is understood to be keen on playing Champions League football.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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