Amid reports from the Daily Mirror, Liverpool’s impressive financial reports for 2019 could result in Virgil van Dijk being offered a lucrative new deal with the club.
The world’s most coveted defender is expected to put-pen-to-paper on fresh terms that could see the UEFA Player of the Year the highest-paid defender in Europe.
Van Dijk, 28, became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in January 2018.
The big Dutchman has been one of the most transformative signings in the club’s 127-year history since arriving on Merseyside. In the two years since he joined the club, Van Dijk has collectively won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup and has claimed individual accolades such as the PFA and FWA Player of the Year whilst finishing as runner-up for the Ballon d’Or – behind Lionel Messi.
Van Dijk is currently on course to claim his first Premier League title with the Reds who currently lead current holders Manchester City by a gargantuan 22 points. Liverpool are just four matches away from mathematically securing a first league crown since 1990.
Reports from numerous publications including The Guardian have all stated that Liverpool have announced a turnover of £533million following a record-breaking year at the home of the Premier League champions-elect.
What RTK has to say
If there was ever a player more deserving of a lucrative deal it was Van Dijk.
The Reds’ irreplaceable powerhouse has been a revelation in the 25 months he has been on Merseyside.
Van Dijk is the standard-bearer in a team that makes the unsustainable seem ordinary. In a team that is littered in world-class talent, the former Celtic star still remains a cut above the rest.
The Netherlands captain’s normalised brilliance sadly will most likely be Van Dijk’s downfall when it comes to retaining the individual awards this season. His ability to showcase such extraordinary consistency makes it less memorable for supporters and players when recognising excellence because it has become the norm for the defender.