Virgil van Dijk has signed a long-term contract with Liverpool.
The centre back has committed his future to the Reds by putting pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at Anfield until June 2025. This ensured that his three and a half year association with the club will be prolonged well into the coming years.
Asked how it feels to have inked the fresh terms, Van Dijk said it was an amazing feeling to stay with the club he has grown to love so much.
“Amazing. It is something to be very proud of, that I am very proud of, that my wife and my kids are very proud of and obviously my agency,” he told the club’s official website.
“All the hard work we’ve put in so far continues and I am looking forward to what the future brings together with Liverpool. I’m delighted, very happy and proud.”
Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2018 January and quickly established himself as a regular in the centre of the defence.
He has made 130 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals, and collecting a number of trophies including the Premier League, Uefa Champions League, Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.
Individually, he was voted as the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Uefa Men’s Player of the Year and Uefa Defender of the Season for 2018/19, while he finished second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or and the Best Fifa Men’s Player in 2019.
“Since day one when I joined the club, I felt so much appreciation from the fans and from my teammates and the staff, that I could be a very important member of this football club,” Van Dijk continued.
“It has been going well; unfortunately last season for me personally has been a season to forget, to learn from and take with me, but I have enjoyed my time here and will keep enjoying it in the next couple of years altogether with all of you.”
After a difficult 2020/21 campaign, Van Dijk is currently working his way back to full fitness after undergoing a knee surgery that kept him out of action for majority of last season.
The 30-year-old heads into the new campaign, which begins on Saturday for the Reds against newly-promoted Norwich City with a full pre-season under his belt and three friendly run-outs.
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By FARPost Reporter