Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has agreed on a lucrative new six-year contract with the Merseyside club and talks over a new deal have ongoing this summer. It’s claimed that the Netherlands international agreed on the new terms last week.
Virgil’s imminent wage rise is mostly down to Man United’s marquee move for England international Harry Maguire this transfer window. Red Devils made the 26-year-old the world’s most expensive centre-back by signing him for a reported £80m.
Van Dijk’s move to Liverpool had set the record just 18 months ago, Reds paid Southampton £75m for the 28-year-old defender’s services. Dutch centre-back’s overall pay-rise, Virgil’s new deal terms are less dependent on meeting bonuses related to clean sheets and appearances.
Van Dijk has made 56 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside club since his move from the Saints, the Dutch star has risen to superstardom as he’s established himself as one of the world’s best centre-back with solid performances. In this season he already played six matches, scored one goal and provided one assist.
During his time at Anfield, Virgil has helped the Reds to two Champions League finals, winning one. The 28-year-old centre-back has also won a plethora of individual awards, including the Premier League and PFA Player’s Player of the Season awards.
Not to mention him being named as UEFA’s best Men’s player ahead of five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Van Dijk is a captain of the national team and also helped them to reach the UEFA Nations League final, but they lost 1-0 against Portugal.