Liverpool are ready to make Virgil van Dijk their best-paid player in the coming weeks with them lining up a new contract offer for the Dutch superstar.
The Reds’ no.4 has been out with an ACL injury since the Merseyside derby early on in the season and the club has had to muddle through without him, hampered further by Joe Gomez’s own bad knee injury.
Indeed, this season has been a demonstration of what Van Dijk can bring both defensively but also in allowing the Reds to be more offensive when on the field, and that has been the bigger issue.
Judging by Eurosport’s latest report, then, the club is all too aware of his importance and is ready to underline that with a deal that will see him paid a basic rate of likely more than £200,000-a-week – phenomenal numbers.
Indeed, the report goes on to claim that the Dutchman is the priority for new contracts at the club at the moment and the deal is going to start being put together ‘in the coming weeks.’
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We’re talking massive figures for the defender but that’s the sort of money you have to pay to keep the world’s best on your books these days.
Virgil van Dijk is one of the key reasons Liverpool have become Champions League and Premier League winners in recent years so to hear that the club is ready to sort a new deal for him swiftly is naturally music to any Red’s ears.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.