Virgil van Dijk has reportedly made fresh long-term commitments to Liverpool having agreed to a bumper new six-year deal.
Van Dijk has been nothing short of a revelation since descending on Anfield following a £75 million move from Southampton in January 2018.
The Dutchman has transformed Liverpool’s defensive line and has proven to be a figure of frightening consistency, playing 74 of a possible 78 games in the Premier League and Champions League combined since his arrival.
The PFA Player of the Year and UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year for 2018/19, and leading Ballon d’Or contender, is a key pillar for Jurgen Klopp’s side in their pursuit for continued success.
And as such it came as huge news when it emerged earlier in the summer that Van Dijk had expressed his desire to extend his stay at the club beyond his current contract, which expires in 2023.
Both the club and his representatives were in no immediate rush, however, as all parties were confident terms would be agreed with ‘minimal fuss’.
And after a busy year of tying down a host of players to new deals, the Dutchman is next in line having agreed to a six-year contract last week, according to the Mirror’s Neil Moxley.
Although tenuous links at best were made by Moxley in relation to Man United’s £80 million deal for Harry Maguire acting as the catalyst for Van Dijk’s new contract, as abovementioned negotiations were ongoing long before such transfer eventuated.
The 28-year-old reportedly earns between £125,000 – £150,000 a week on his current deal, but his new terms, which will run until 2025, is expected to see him move closer to the £200,000 a week mark – on par with Mohamed Salah.
The news comes as a further example of the Reds splashing the cash on keeping hold of and investing in their core group of players for the long-term instead of dipping into the transfer market for new faces.
And Van Dijk’s commitment is yet another sign that Liverpool are no longer the stepping stone but rather the destination for the elite.