Liverpool set to offer Virgil van Dijk blockbuster five-year contract extension

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Liverpool are reportedly set to open talks with Virgil van Dijk about a new contract in the new year. The Dutchman has been a key part of Liverpool’s success ever since joining the club from Southampton in January 2018 for a bumper £75m fee.

Van Dijk is currently out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury which he suffered after a challenge from Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby back in October.

He is expected to be out of action for much of the season but the Reds are said to be ready to discuss a new deal after Christmas, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking on the CBS Sports’ Que Golazo podcast, Romano said: “Liverpool want in the new year to open new talks with the agent of Virgil van Dijk to extend his contract.

“They are so happy with the player, and Van Dijk is so happy with Liverpool, so immediately after his injury they were saying ‘OK you are injured, but, you are our leader, so we also want you in the future’

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“At the moment he has two more seasons of his contract at Liverpool, but they’re ready to extend for the next five years, so those talks are going to take place in the new year.

“Liverpool will go with Van Dijk in the future, they don’t want to sell him.

“Jurgen Klopp is absolutely a big fan of Van Dijk.”

Roberto Firmino recently opened up about the impact that losing Van Dijk has had on the squad.

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The forward said: “The injury to Virgil van Dijk was a real shame because he is not only an important player on the field for us but also in the dressing room.

“We all miss him of course and the squad wants to dedicate the successes we achieve this campaign to him.

“I think we have shown that we have a great squad of players.

“So, our target remains the same.

“It is true, of course, that this season is very unusual.

“You cannot ignore that because of the players missing with coronavirus and in our case with injuries too.

“I think this will level up the competition a lot for the rest of the season and make it even more difficult to win the title.

“But our challenge is to be champions again. So, we have to keep our options open at the top of the table and be ready for a long campaign.”

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