Virgil Van Dijk is reportedly on the brink of committing his long-term future to Liverpool after agreeing a new six-year deal last week
Although he arrived at Anfield only 20 months ago, signing a contract until 2023, Van Dijk’s impact has made him indispensable to Jurgen Klopp.
The Dutchman’s acquisition from Southampton has been a turning point for both, the Reds and the defender, who have been thriving together ever since.
While Liverpool won the Champions League and narrowly missed out on the Premier League glory, the 28-year-old has become the Ballon d’Or nominee and UEFA Player of the Year winner.
Virgil van Dijk has committed the best years of his career to the Anfield club after the final details on the near-six-year deal were finally sealed last week, say @MirrorFootball 🤩 pic.twitter.com/NNUjmeCVzb— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) September 7, 2019
As a result, the Merseyside giants have decided that it’s time for Van Dijk to be rewarded for his contribution by receiving a hefty pay rise to commit ‘the best years of his career to the Anfield club,’ according to Mirror.
Instead of £125,000-a-week plus bonuses he is earning now, the former Groningen centre-back’s new deal will see him earning £200,000-a-week for another six years.
Van Dijk has almost single-handedly turned Liverpool’s sloppy backline into a wall that allowed just 22 Premier League goals last term, less than any other side in the English top flight.