The Mirror report that Barcelona made enquiries to the representatives of the Dutch centre-back to find out whether or not he might be tempted by a move to the Nou Camp.

But it is claimed any chance of a big-money move away from Liverpool for Van Dijk - who is managed by Neil Fewings of the Wasserman Media Group - was shut down.

That will be welcome news to Reds supporters, with the 28-year-old having been a revelation at Anfield since his £75million move from Southampton 18 months ago. 

The Netherlands international has transformed the club’s defence since his arrival, establishing himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world in the process.

Van Dijk was crucial as Liverpool went on to win the Champions League last season, beating Tottenham in Madrid in their sixth European Cup triumph.

His defensive talents saw him named the PFA Player of the Year as the Merseyside outfit also lost just once in the Premier League and managed the best defensive record in the division, conceding 22 goals in 38 games.