He’s our centre-half…and he’s signed on for another four years at Anfield, a new deal that will take him to 2025 and fans were thrilled with the news on the eve of the new season.
It’s been a summer of tying down the cornerstones of Jurgen Klopp‘s side, with Virgil van Dijk joining Alisson, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliott in committing their long-term future to Liverpool.
There will undoubtedly be more in the pipeline in what is another nod to the fact that the Reds are no longer a stepping stone but the final destination.
While new signings have been in short supply, Liverpool‘s stance is one that keeps world-class talent at their disposal for the foreseeable future and Van Dijk’s signature is a lucrative one.
The No. 4 was a sorely missed figure last season but is ready to hit the ground running on Saturday, with a start expected for the first time since October 17.
And Reds were delighted following the news of Van Dijk’s commitment to the club being extended to 2025.
Huge news and a massive boost ahead of the new season ?
The best Centre-Back in the world is ours until 2025 ? https://t.co/0FGTEEC6gM
— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) August 13, 2021
In an era where contracts mean very little; see Suarez & Coutinho. It’s refreshing to feel like #LFC, at current, is closer to being the pinnacle of a players career rather than a brief stepping stone.
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacd) August 13, 2021
Instalment three this summer of Liverpool tying down to a world class player to spend their peak at the club. Brilliant. https://t.co/8fIHjqzi7f
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) August 13, 2021
76% – Since Virgil van Dijk's league debut for @LFC in January 2018, he has won 72 of his 95 @premierleague games with the club (76%); this is the best win rate of any player to make 80+ appearances in the competition in this time. Colossal. pic.twitter.com/plcvywYQNa
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 13, 2021
VVD, Trent Alexander Arnold, Alisson and Fabinho all wouldn't have signed new deals if they hadn't been given some assurances about the club's future. Just saying
— Sponge (@suspendedsponge) August 13, 2021
Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Fabinho, van Dijk.
Next up, Mohamed Salah.
For me, this is a strong transfer window. https://t.co/wvhfC4VBcn
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) August 13, 2021
Whilst a lack of new signings can be frustrating, I’d much rather this scenario than 2010-15, where we’d sell our best players every year and chuck all the money at mid table dross. https://t.co/e7iLv67M9F
— Olli Emmerson (@Oliver_Emmerson) August 13, 2021
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) August 13, 2021
? The thirst for new arrivals will always be there – and I still think #LFC could do with one more – but tying down existing stars should recognised too.
World-class talents tied down, some of whom there are no better players out there in their position.
— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) August 13, 2021
That’s now the best centre back, goalkeeper, right back & defensive midfielder signed to long term contracts. Amazing news.
Next up, get Mo done….. https://t.co/GFEHTE5B2G
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) August 13, 2021
It’s another momentous day for the Reds as faith is shown by Van Dijk for the next chapter under Klopp, in which the centre-back will play a significant role in.
A leader, world-class operator and much-adored figure, the Dutchman’s new contract will take him to the age of 34 and considering FSG’s contract policy, it’s a clear indication of how highly he is regarded.