According to a report in the Sunday Mirror, Liverpool have given Virgil Van Dijk a new contract. The report claims the Dutchman’s wages have been nearly doubled, now reaching £200k a week. Under new terms, Van Dijk will be at the club until 2025.
With the Dutch defender only just hitting his prime, keeping him at the club until he is 34 seems like a no-brainer. It is. However, Liverpool have made one massive error in handing Van Dijk a new contract.
Man United repeated recent mistakes over the summer. The Red Devils spent over the odds for overhyped players and clearly need a new exec at the negotiating table. Liverpool’s nemesis brought in the walking meme, Harry Maguire for a downright laughable amount of money. Leicester City received a world record fee for a defender – £80m to be exact. To spend £80m on a defender that fans rate because they sort of remember him playing alright whilst they were blackout drunk on Budweiser during the World Cup is pretty hilarious.
According to the report in the Sunday Mirror, the Maguire transfer was used as a yardstick for what our own towering centre back should be earning, with The Metro reporting that Maguire is pulling £190k. Although talks were apparently already underway, it seems Van Dijk’s agents used Maguire’s wages as a target.
Liverpool cannot let other clubs recklessness dictate their financial policy. It is a slippery slope. Should we have given Van Dijk a new contract? Yes. Does he deserve £200k? Yes. Should we be worried that they’re allowing United’s flawed business model to guide them? Extremely.