Virgil van Dijk has signed a new long-term contract to remain at Liverpool until June 2026.
Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for an undisclosed fee which saw him at the time become the world’s most expensive defender, going on to score 13 goals in 130 appearances across all competitions and win four titles including 2019-20 Premier League crown.
Speaking to liverpoolfc.com about his new deal, van Dijk said: “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.”
Reflecting on his experiences so far in three-and-a-half years at Anfield, the Dutch defender admitted that he was delighted to have “felt so much appreciation from the fans and from my teammates and the staff, that I could be a very important member of this football club,” despite a knee injury keeping him sidelined since October 2020.
Van Dijk went on to comment that he has taken valuable lessons from his lengthy injury absence, saying: “It has been going well; unfortunately last season for me personally has been a season to forget, to learn from and take with me, but I have enjoyed my time here and will keep enjoying it in the next couple of years altogether with all of you.”
With Liverpool set to face Norwich City in their first match of the new Premier League season tomorrow (14 August), Van Dijk will be looking to feature as he continues to rebuild full match fitness after making three appearances in pre-season.
Happy with how his pre-season has gone as he got back “into repetitions of doing things again and again.”, Van Dijk admitted that he feels “ready for the weekend” but will accept whatever decisions Jurgen Klopp makes about his inclusion in the squad.