Liverpool are willing to break the bank to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.
The Reds are long-term admirers of the Dutch centre-back but were forced to end their interest and apologise after allegations of tapping up earlier in the year.
It is believed that Liverpool will only fully reignite their interest in Van Dijk – who handed in a transfer request recently – if they are given sufficient encouragement by the Saints that a deal is possible.
A report in The Times says: “The Merseyside club is prepared to spend whatever it takes to sign Van Dijk – a bid of £70 million is conceivable if they are offered encouragement.
“The fear at Anfield remains Southampton will not invite any offers before this week’s deadline. It could be Liverpool must wait until January or next summer for Van Dijk if Saints stand firm and the player is willing to be patient.”
The Reds yesterday completed a deal that sees Naby Keita join from RB Leipzig next summer and speculation suggests that they could land Thomas Lemar from Monaco before the deadline.