Liverpool owners move to secure Virgil van Dijk’s future at the club with a new five-year deal worth ‘£50MILLION’
Liverpool are preparing to offer Virgil van Dijk a new contract improved to the tune of £50MILLION.
Reports indicate that the 28-year-old’s new 5-year-contract would be worth upwards of £150,000-a-week. The new contract would also include bonuses that could potentially take the final value of the contract beyond £50m.
Liverpool’s decision to tie down Van Dijk with such a lucrative long-term deal isn’t so surprising. The Dutchman has been quite spectacular over the season, consistently producing some quality performances in all matches played. The 5-year-deal being prepared by Liverpool is certainly in recognition of Van Dijk’s increasing importance to the club’s success.
Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool
Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window in a world-record £75m deal. The Dutchman quickly settled into his defensive role at the club and has been instrumental in Liverpool’s rise to dominance.
Liverpool has experienced a rise in Premier League dominance since signing Van Dijk. The Dutchman helped Liverpool win the Champions League last season, a performance which earned him the PFA Player of the Year award. With the 28-year-old securing the backlines, Jurgen Klopp’s side have consequently won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.
In the ongoing 2019-20 season, Van Dijk has played every minute of every match. With a little over half the season gone, Liverpool looks set to win the Premier League title with record-breaking points.
With so many impacts within such a short period of time, it is not surprising Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group regards keeping the Dutchman at Liverpool a ‘priority’.
Fans’ reactions to the proposed deal
Since the news of the proposed deal surfaced, a massive number of fans have reacted to the news. With the majority of fans supporting the proposed increment in wages, many could not believe the Dutchman is not already on a higher salary.
Further reacting to the news, a fan insisted that the 28-year-old, who finished second to Lionel Messi in the rankings for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, should be given “whatever he wants”.