Virgil Van Dijk Has Told Liverpool He Wants To Sign New Deal
Virgil van Dijk has told Liverpool he is willing to commit his long term future to the club, in news which will please every Reds fan.
According to ESPN, the Dutch defender has told the Anfield hierarchy that he would like to sign a new deal and commit his long term future to the club, which he joined last January for £75 million.
The Dutchman's representatives believe a new deal can be hashed out quickly and without minimal fuss, despite signing a five-and-a-half-year deal less than 18 months ago.
Since joining Liverpool, the 27-year-old has seen his performances improve to the point were he is considered one of the best centre-backs in the world.
When Liverpool announced they would be spending £75 million on the ex-Southampton defender, many questioned the fee which is the world record for a defender.
However, he has inspired a huge defensive rejuvenation at Anfield, with him leading a defence which was the best in the Premier League last season.
"I want to just keep doing what I'm doing, keep progressing and working hard." :muscle:
Virgil van Dijk has played down comparisons with some of the 'greats', saying he is focused on winning more trophies with Liverpool and the Netherlands. :trophy: pic.twitter.com/XcGU9rRaty
- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 6, 2019
In the last 64 games van Dijk has featured in, he has not been dribbled past, showing his robustness at the back.
He has established himself as a fans favourite with 'The Kop', with him being a key man in Jurgen Klopp's side title charge and Champions League victory.
Not one player managed to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the 2018-19 Premier League season pic.twitter.com/ftyQrKDtk2
- Goal (@goal) May 14, 2019
His season saw him win PFA Players' Player Of The Year ahead of Raheem Sterling, as well as the Champions League trophy last weekend.
His performances have also seen many campaign for him to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or.
64 games since someone dribbled past Van Dijk, the guy is unreal.
Balon d'Or winner for me. He's an absolute Rolls Royce of a player.
(And I'm a United fan)
- DK (@DNNYKLLY) June 3, 2019
Should van Dijk manage to win the Balon d'Or at the end of the year, he would be the first defender since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 to capture the illustrious award.
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