After recently extending the contracts of key stars Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, a new deal for Virgil van Dijk could be next on the menu for Liverpool as the club look to keep their talented core together for the long-term.
That’s the word today from ESPN’s Melissa Reddy, who reports that both the club and player’s representatives expect to get to work on a new deal for the star centre half in the coming months and that talks are expected to involve “minimal fuss.”
Van Dijk arrived at the club last January from Southampton in a £75M deal and signed a five-and-a-half year contract, meaning the 27-year-old Netherlands captain and Liverpool and Premier League player of the season now has four years to run on it.
Typically, clubs seek to extend the deals of top players in order to avoid them having less than three years remaining, meaning that a deal some time between now and next summer for Van Dijk would represent a fairly standard re-up for club and player.
In addition to the attacking trio, there have been new deals for Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Joe Gomez over the past year. Joël Matip, James Milner, and Divock Origi will also be offered new contracts this summer.