Virgil van Dijk is to be offered a new five-year deal by Liverpool in January, despite the fact that he will not play for the club for the rest of this season.
The Dutch international suffered a serios knee injury after being tackled by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby in October, and has since had successful knee surgery. However, the normal time frame to recover from an ACL injury of that kind is 9 months as a minimum.
Despite his absence, his manager Jurgen Klopp wants to protect the 29-year-old’s future at the club, and wants to offer him a lucrative new deal.
His current deal expires in June 2023.
He signed from Southampton in a £75 million deal nearly three years ago and has since established a reputation as one of the best and most reliable defenders in world football.
He was PFA Player of the Year in 2019, and also picked up the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
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