Virgil van Dijk’s contractual situation at Liverpool is a topic that has been expected to be resolved for some time now yet it does oppose a potential domino effect regarding the rest of the squad.
Van Dijk, 28, is currently contracted at the club until 2023 and according to Spotrac, the Dutchman currently takes home a weekly pay-packet of £180,000-a-week.
He is currently Liverpool’s second-highest earner, behind only Mohamed Salah and his overdue extension will likely see Van Dijk take the mantle from Liverpool’s Egyptian king as the club’s highest earner.
However, Michael Edwards is expected to have a busy schedule once Van Dijk’s new deal is finalised as a number of Liverpool stars such as Alisson Becker, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez will also be due well earned payment top-ups.
Jurgen Klopp has remained firm in his transfer approach that internal value currently takes precedence over making new additions in the ongoing transfer market and Liverpool’s contractul priorites among their current crop of players could explain the reason for a lack of signings.
Such talks surrounding new deals and improved pay packages are one of the reasons why Liverpool have recently reached an impasse in negotiations between Georginio Wijnaldum and the Reds.
Simon Hughes of The Athletic recently claimed that problems contractually regarding Wijnaldum and Liverpool stem from both parties unable to reach an agreement regarding the length of a contract extension because of the player’s age.
Speaking on The Red Agenda podcast, Hughes said: “The player [Wijnaldum] is at a a tricky age to be negotiating for, he’s 29. From what I was told the player wanted 4 years, and the contract that he’s being offered is a bit shorter than that.”
Who else is due a new deal?
Liverpool’s main priority financially is committing the futures of their current crop of Premier League winners rather than break the bank for the next group of potential superstars.
When looking at the numbers as per Spotrac, only nine of Liverpool players currently take home a six-figure sum on a weekly basis.
This does not include the likes of Alisson, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Gomez whom all are regular starters under Klopp.
It is likely that following such sustained brilliance from the afromentioned quarter over the past year, that percentages regarding payment increase will be at an eye-watering rate given Liverpool will want to reduce the risk of allowing players approaching the peak years of their careers to even condone the possibility of looking elsewhere.
Liverpool were able to get Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren off the books in recent weeks and Xherdan Shaqiri could follow in the coming months but it still will not cover the amount it will cost once Van Dijk’s new deal spirals a need to fresh up contracts surrounding the rest of the team.
FSG and Liverpool have vindicated themselves as shrewd operators in the past and given the bulk of Klopp’s Premier League winning squad are approaching the twilight years of their careers it’s fair to assume that the club will begin to act sooner rather than later.
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