English Premiership

Liverpool to give Van Dijk new long-term contract - report

Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Images)
Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Virgil van Dijk is expected to be handed a brand-new contract as Liverpool aim to tie down their star defender for the foreseeable future.

It is no coincidence that Liverpool have moved on to another level since the Dutchman arrived from Southampton back in 2018, and the club's owners are keen to reward him.

The Reds defence had looked shaky at times before his arrival and there had been calls for some time for Jurgen Klopp to push the boat and get Van Dijk on board.

He did, and the rest is history as Liverpool won the Champions League last season, reached the final the year before, came within a whisker of winning the Premier League last season, and are running away with it in this campaign.

It goes without saying that the rest of Europe's top clubs will be casting an envious eye towards Liverpool, looking for any opportunity to try and lure him away.

Only a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid would have a chance.

Such a move remains unlikely, but it has been done before as players have their head turned by the opportunity to play for such a club.

With that in mind, Liverpool are keen to get him tied down to a new deal to ensure that finance will not be an issue for the player.

Van Dijk is currently tied to the five-year contract he signed when arriving from Saints and picks up a reported £125 000 a week.

Reports claim that will be ripped up and he will be offered a new five-year deal worth £150 000 a week, which would take him through to 2025.

That is still some way below some of the world's top footballers, and Van Dijk is now in that bracket, so Liverpool may have to go higher if they are to secure his future and keep him out of the clutches of Real and Barca.

- TeamTalk Media

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