By Mukwuzi Joseph
Virgil van Dijk has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.
The centre-back committed his future to the Reds by putting pen to paper at Anfield on Friday morning, ensuring his three-and-a-half-year association with the club will be prolonged well into the coming years.
Asked how it felt to have inked the fresh terms, Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com: “Amazing. It is something to be very proud of, that I am very proud of, that my wife and my kids are very proud of and obviously my agency.
“All the hard work we’ve put in so far continues and I am looking forward to what the future brings together with Liverpool. I’m delighted, very happy and proud.”
Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 and quickly established himself as a mainstay in the centre of Jürgen Klopp’s defence.
The Netherlands captain has made 130 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals, and collected winner’s medals in the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Individually, he was voted the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and UEFA Defender of the Season for 2018-19, while he finished second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2019.