LIVERPOOL are reportedly ready to pounce on long-term target Virgil van Dijk.

Following the arrival of Wesley Hoedt to Southampton, the Reds are poised to renew their efforts for the £60million defender.

Liverpool’s initial pursuit for the 26-year-old grew tiresome, but they are now ready to pounce if the Saints change their stance – according to Liverpool Echo.

The Merseyside giants were forced into an embarrassing public apology earlier this summer after Southampton accused them of tapping up the player.

The arrival of Wesley Hoedt from Lazio this week could spark a move away from St Mary’s for the Liverpool target.