‘Virgil Van Dijk Is Liverpool’s Rock’ – Former EPL Defender

Liverpool are looking to tie Virgil van Dijk down at Anfield with a new contract as soon as possible and former Premier League defender Danny Mills has told Jurgen Klopp to make it a priority.

The defender still has three years left on the five-year contract he penned when he signed.

But Football Insider reports that the club is keen on bumping his wages to past £200,000-a-week.

That is an increase on the £125,000-a-week wages he is currently on, including a £6m bonus on signing, a further £5m loyalty bonus and then a £4m bonus when he has played 150 Liverpool matches.

And ex-Manchester City star Mills reckons Van Dijk is the club’s rock.

Mills said: “It is absolutely vital.

“To have him there for that length of time means Liverpool do not have to worry about their defence – they would have him there for the next four or five seasons.

“He is their rock and they can build everything around that. They have a great keeper, a great centre-half and two good young full-backs.

“Strikers win games but defenders win championships and Liverpool are going down the right route in securing his long-term future.”