BBC pundit Noel Whelan has praised Michael Edwards for the sporting director’s commitment to tying Liverpool’s biggest stars down to new contracts.
The Reds’ sporting director has secured new contracts for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and more over the last year as Liverpool prioritised keeping current stars over reinforcing the squad.
“Hats off to Liverpool if they’ve tie him down,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Liverpool realise they have to give van Dijk a better deal to keep him, that’s how football business is done.
“To keep any top player happy, you have to pay them what they’re worth. No-one can say van Dijk isn’t worth a top salary. He’s a great defender, probably the best in the world.
“Michael Edwards has got a lot of credit for Liverpool’s transfers and signings, but keeping the players you’ve got is just as important. It seems Edwards is always one step ahead.”
The £81m-rated defensive beast was handed the UEFA Player of the Year award last week and is absolutely crucial to any chances the Reds have of winning silverware this season with the FIFA Club World Cup another shot at winning another trophy.
Liverpool top the Premier League table and with Virgil van Dijk at the back, there is a great chance that the Reds can go one better than last season and win the coveted league title.