Liverpool & # 39; Virgil van Dijk could offer a new contract this summer & # 39; to make him & # 39; the world's best-paid defender, as Reds would want to reward star man for sublime performance as they get closer to winning the Premier League title
- Liverpool would Virgil van Dijk can offer a new large money contract in the summer
- It is claimed that he will be the best paid defender in the world with his new deal
- Over the past two years, Van Dijk has been at the center of Liverpool's success
- The Reds have announced large profits on Thursday as their off-field success grows
Liverpool can offer Virgil van Dijk signed a new contract in the summer, making the Dutchman the best-paid defender in world football.
Van Dijk has been a crucial part of Liverpool's success over the past two years, making them European champions and about to win their first league title since 1990.
The Will of Mohamed Salah Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have all been rewarded for their efforts with new contracts and now it seems increasingly likely that Van Dijk will receive the same treatment.
Sportsmail understands that no talks have taken place about a new deal for Van Dijk while the title levy is still ongoing but the situation could very well be revised in the summer.
According to The Mirror all new dale for Van Dijk could make him the best-paid defender in world football.
It comes after talkSPORT reported earlier this month that the Reds Van Dijk are offering a deal worth £ 50 million.
It is claimed that his weekly salary will be increased from £ 120,000 a week to £ 150,000 a week.
Van Dijk has played 37 games for the Reds, all games so far this season, with every minute being played in the Premier League and Champions League.
Liverpool announced on Thursday that they had made a pre-tax profit of £ 42 million last year, despite a record investment of £ 223 million on players.
Figures released on Thursday for the fiscal year until May 31, 2019 include the purchases of Alisson Becker (£ 65 million), Naby Keita (£ 52.75 million), Fabinho (£ 43.7 million) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£ 13 million)
It also includes the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including captain Jordan Henderson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – all of which play an important role played with helping va n Jurgen The chosen champion of Klopp puts a 22-point lead at the top of the table.
Van Dijk is expected to be added to that list of players shortly, but he is not the only player to be rewarded with a new contract after younger Harvey Elliott has written new terms on Thursday.
Elliott turns 17 in April but Liverpool will wait until the seasons end to stamp the deal with rubber, because the conditions can run until the summer of 2023.
Virgil van Dijk maintains that Liverpool shows no signs of nerves, as they are approaching the first title after 30 years
- Liverpool took another step towards the title with West Ham victory on Monday
- The Reds went back to 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table
- Virgil van Dijk insists that the most important for his part is now not nervous
Liverpool Defender Virgil Van Dijk is always the quietest man on the field, but he believes that in 30 years none of his teammates were bothered by nerves for a first league title.
The demand that the Reds have to end their long waiting period because a domestic championship now stands at only four wins after coming from behind to defeat West Ham 3-2 in Anfield.
The side of Jurgen Klopp can be cruising with a lead of 22 points at the top of the table, but they still have to face a number of challenges for their undefeated season record.
They were 2-1 to the Hammers with 22 minutes to go, while they defeated Norwich with a lonely 78th minute goal and Van Dijk praised the mental power of the players.
& # 39; Don't be nervous, that's the most important thing, & # 39; was Van Dijk's reason for the success, having won 26 and having drawn only one of their 27 Premier League games .
& # 39; Keep going and keep playing and keep printing. There will be times when the opponent will have problems if we continue to do the same.
& # 39; They (West Ham) were a little better in the second half than the beginning, they played reasonably well, but I think being nervous is the most important thing. & # 39;
West Ham & # 39; s opening goal from Issa Diop was the first to be awarded at Anfield in 11 hours and 27 minutes.
Liverpool & # 39; s defensive resilience is one of the cornerstones on which their successful season is built, so when they admit it often comes as a shock.
& # 39; We cannot keep clean sheets every day, & # 39; Van Dijk added. "The first (for West Ham) was a set piece: we have to look at it, but they are good at set pieces.
" I might have had to tighten up the second goal ( against goal scorer Pablo Fornals) but ultimately it is all about achieving the result.
"We all want the clean slate, we all want eight goals, that is what every footballer wants, but in reality you sometimes have difficult nights.
& # 39; We had a difficult night, but we remained calm and that is the most important thing. & nbsp;
Since returning from the mid-season break, Klopp & # 39; s side seems to be missing some of the fluency they had before, working to defeat Norwic h and West Ham by the strange goal and losing Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League final-16 draw in Spain.
Van Dijk insists, however, that leisure time has their fire
& # 39; I think we should take advantage of the break we had & # 39 ;, said the Dutchman. "Everyone had his free time, we all enjoyed it and we are all ready for the second part of the season.
"If you are looking for negatives, so be it but we want to win games, we know it will be tough every game.
" We just keep going and stay positive and don't get nervous, that's the most important thing. & # 39;
& # 39; When Barcelona or Real Madrid eats beats, it's hard to say no & # 39 ;: Liverpool will have trouble holding Virgil van Dijk and other stars when giants try to sign them, according to Paul Ince
The 52-year-old who played on Merseyside from 1997 to 1999 accepts that Van Dijk was helpful in Liverpool's recent success, but he says the Dutchman might be tempted to play for one Spain & # 39; s most historic clubs.
Phillipe Coutinho was the last player to exchange Anfield for the Nou Camp in January 2018, and Ince suggests that both Barca and Los Blancos have the financial strength to take Van Dijk out of Liverpool's hold. to grab.
& # 39; We must be confident … we must be confident & # 39 ;: Virgil van Dijk says that there is & # 39; no reason to panic & # 39; is after the first defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and supports the Reds to hit back at Anfield
- Liverpool lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Last-16 first stage
- The competitors were off-color and failed to register a shot on goal
- Virgil van Dijk emphasized that & & # 39; only half the time & # 39; is and says the Reds will destroy the band
The Premier League leaders were brought back to earth with their first defeat in any competition since September, because the Saul Niguez strike was sufficient to achieve a 1-0 victory before the parties will meet at Anfield next month.
The Spanish outfit frustrated Liverpool and did not allow them to play their natural game, making them romp to 25 points at the top of the rankings, but Van Dijk believes it is not time for panic stations.
& # 39; Look, it was frustrating, but it's only half, & # 39; said the 28 year old.
& # 39; There is no reason for negativity, no reason for panic. We must be self-assured, we must be self-assured.
& # 39; We cannot overthrow this defeat in any way. We are never happy with losses. It has also been a while, but we must go on and believe in ourselves as we always do.
Liverpool will seek inspiration from their stunning comeback against Barcelona in the semi-final of last season – where the men of Jurgen Klopp had a much harder task of leading a 3-0 defeat to Lionel Messi to destroy and Co.
But they shocked Barca with a 4-0 thrashing to book a place in the final before the trophy was lifted after defeating Tottenham with 2-0.
Van Dijk says Liverpool does not regret the way they have tackled the match against Atletico and is concentrating on another 90 minutes at Anfield to put things right.
& # 39; Look, we expected them to be like that, in the end it's all football. The fans helped them, it is also a difficult atmosphere for the referee to be there.
& # 39; We have managed the game as well as possible when everyone is jumping around you.
& # 39; But it started with the goal we had admitted. We gave them something to hold. Everyone has to deal with it. We are frustrated that we have lost but still have 90 minutes. & # 39;
& # 39; Van Dijk has a nightmare … a bit awkward & # 39 ;: Ruud Gullit accuses Liverpool defender for not stopping scoring Atletico Madrid because Marcel Desailly insists they can't rely on the atmosphere of Anfield to get through
- Liverpool suffered loss at Atletico Madrid in Champions League final-16 first leg
- Saul Niguez hit after only four minutes out of a corner to give hosts the lead
- Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was criticized for & # 39; clumsy & # 39; display in Spain
With only three minutes played, the Dutchman pulled a clearance from a cross behind his own goal for a corner and reacted slowly seconds later when Saul Niguez tapped into the decisive attack.
Compatriot Ruud Gullit, alongside Marcel Desailly as an expert for beIn SPORTS, was devastating in his assessment of Van Dijk's guilt for the goal.
Ruud Gullit (L) and Marcel Desailly (R) both criticized the Dutchman defends for the goal
Gullit told beIN Sports: & Van 39 has a nightmare today, I saw him doing things, especially the first ball he gives away the corner, a little awkward, no need to do that.
& # 39; A little luck, ball comes in front of his foot and 1-0. & # 39;
The pair of experts was also wary of Liverpool's chances of reversing the deficit in Anfield's return match.
The Dutchman added: & They know they make a lot of goals at Anfield, they know that, but they are going to face another game like this and they have to play better, faster, faster , everything
Desailly added: & # 39; You can't count on your stadium and your ability to make a difference every time. It's the Champions League, they made one mistake, they paid immediately and they score.
& # 39; In the future you will also be open to Atletico who may be given the opportunity to score. & # 39;
PLAYER REVIEWS: Saul Niguez the star, but Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane struggle while Liverpool is defeated by Atletico Madrid in Champions League final-16 first leg
Atletico Madrid Will Take a 1-0 lead over Anfield, after he had only become the second team this season to beat Jurgen Klopp.
Saul Niguez gave the hosts the lead in the fourth minute and defended well to keep a dominant Liverpool out in the second half.
Sportsmail & Pete Jenson runs t he rules all players of the collision at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
ATLETICO MADRID (4 -2- 2)
OBLAK – 6 – Surprisingly little to do in the first half. Rushed out of his goal early in the second half, but was not punished.
VRSALJKO – 6 – Came early on the field and then struggled well with the threat of Mane when Liverpool took the initiative.
FELIPE – 7 – The closest Atletico must be Van Djik. Preceding approval of Salah's crucial effort in the first half.
SAVIC – 6 – Contains Liverpool well helped by the midfield of the Atletico, leaving the front three no room to play. Used long ball well.
LODI – 8 – Simeone has taken him out of competitions so many times that he was most often expected on the bench this season. Brilliantly responded to show faith.
SAUL – 8.5 – Here, there, everywhere. Get the most out of a larger license to attack by scoring early. Never tired.
KOKE – 7 – Typical selfless representation that covers spaces and closes as many Liverpool routes to the target as possible.
PARTEY – 7 – On-message with his tireless running, but also daring for more with a brilliant passing ball and shot from the center circle. omit. Got Alexander-Arnold on the back foot when he could only replace halfway.
MORATA – 6.5 – Won air duels, held the ball up, worked back and threatened with pace. But lacked vital opportunities and then staggered away.
CORREA – 5.5 – Tired early and Henderson clattered to pick up the first half of the booking. Never had problems with Liverpool center backs.
ALISSON 6 – Rescue from Morata in the first half was vital to Liverpool in the match .
ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 6 – Early crosses were quirky. Did not destroy the inexperienced Lodi because Atletico feared he would. Effective at the back but booked for error on Morata.
VAN DJIK 6 – Strong at the back. Maybe one night when Liverpool needed him to do something special in the other penal area. Still threatened and returned to take out Morata at the most important moment.
HENDERSON 6 – Spoken by Saul pre-match was probably the second best for him in the midfield battle. Crocheted good chance just wide
FABINHO 6 – One of those guilty of starting slowly and culpably for the purpose. Came up to speed and had Liverpool's first shot.
WINE ALDUM 6 – Chased with red and white striped shirts but became more important
SALAH 6 – Trying to get deeper in search of space. Missed a great opportunity in the beginning of the second half and took off in 70 minutes.
FIRMINO 6.5 – Atletico tried to swallow him deeply every time he came to create something.
MANE 6 – A lost forearm cost him a first half yellow and a less competent referee might have sent him away when he caught Vrsaljko again.
REFERENCE: Szymon Marciniak 8 – Discipline imposed without spoiling a spectacle.
- Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher debated a combined United / Liverpool XI
- Keane believes that only Virgil van Dijk would get the treble-winning side in 1999 ]
- Ryan Giggs against Sadio Mane were an important dispute between the two
- Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez want to protect the silverware to make it back up.
- Liverpool & # 39; s back line is broken once in 990 competition game
- A broken leg curtailed Gomez & # 39; s season 2018 and we were refused to see them
- Now , after Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren took turns, Gomez is back with Van Dijk
- Steve McClaren was assistant to Alex Ferguson during the Treble Season of United
- United won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1998-1999
- Current Liverpool team draws comparisons with that United vintage
- But McClaren believes that only Virgil van Dijk would be in the Treble winning side
- Van Dijk Jaap Stam would become a partner in an & # 39; invincible & whole Dutch partnership
- Securing the future of Virgil van Dijk is currently a & # 39; priority & # 39; for the owners of Liverpool
- According to reports, the Reds should offer the defender & # 39; a new deal worth £ 50 million & # 39;
- Van Dijk has been a crucial piece in their domestic and European dominance
Roy Keane believes that from the current ] Liverpool team, only Virgil van Dijk would be good enough to join the 1998-99 triple winning team of Manchester United .
Keane and his Sky Sports co-expert Jamie Carragher debated the subject of a combined XI after United's 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday night, and the legends of their respective clubs understandably had a few disagreements.
Both agreed, however, that van Dijk had to make the team over Ronny Johnsen, praising the Dutchman for his form and the way in which he had reversed Liverpool's defense since his arrival.
& # 39; I don & # 39; "It's not a big decision," adds Van Dijk to [Jaap] Stam, & Carragher said. & # 39; But who is the best of the two? & # 39;
& # 39; I am a big fan of van Dijk, & # 39; Keane replied. & # 39; He is a machine, but Jaap was a machine, Jaap was fantastic. Van Dijk touches the ball better. The two together cannot imagine that you should admit too many goals. & # 39;
However, there were many disagreements about the rest of the team, such as the couple arguing over Ryan Giggs, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
ROY KEANE & # 39; S COMBINED XI
Schmeichel, Neville, Stam, Van Dijk, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Cole
JAMIE CARRAGHER COMBINED XI
Schmeichel, Alexander-Arnold, Stam, Van Dijk, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Mane, Yorke, Salah
& # 39; "Giggs is not on my team," Carragher said, while Keane was almost silent.
& # 39; Judging by the 1999 season, & # 39; Carragher continued. & # 39; Do you know how many goals he scored that season? I think Mane is the best left-sided winger in the world. Giggs, one of the best, but I don't think he was the best at any stage. & # 39;
Despite Giggs scoring only three times in that season, Keane debated the consistency of his former teammate, saying: & # 39; Giggs did the year in, year out. See what Giggsy did in the semi-final [of the FA Cup] tell me another player on this planet who could have done what he did to Arsenal. The key to me is to be a consistent player. I am loyal to Giggsy, I do not know Mane. & # 39;
Carragher chose Dwight Yorke in front, flanked by Mane and Mohamed Salah on either side, which was another point of discussion, with Keane unable to break the duo of Yorke and Andy Cole.
And while he originally agreed that Alexander-Arnold could make the team about Gary Neville on the right, Keane later went back and said that only van Dijk would be good enough, joking that Neville often gives him tickets for Salford games.
& # 39; I would bring in Van Dijk, maybe the right back, but leave the rest behind, 4-4-2. If they continue this year and win the highs, we will have a different conversation. & # 39;
If Liverpool succeeds in delivering the same performance as United, Keane admitted bringing Salah and Mane to the team. Liverpool is currently on track to win the Premier League and is still involved in the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Both agreed on Keane & # 39; s own participation in the team, although he was modest about his role, saying: & # 39; I was a very average player, very lucky, I always worked with very good players. & # 39;
Liverpool continues its search for silverware while taking on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Manchester United travels to Club Brugge for a Europa League meeting on Thursday.
MARTIN KEOWN: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be the best defensive cooperation in the Premier League history … they've awarded one goal in 990 minutes!
I said it before and I'll say it say it again: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez can be the best defensive partnership in the history of Premier League .
They want to secure the silverware to support it, but they are working on clean sheets.
Since being restored as Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s preferred center back pairing mid-December, the back line of Liverpool was once violated – a single goal admitted 990 minutes league football. It is unbelievable.
Speaking of them in 2018, I said they almost played music. That is because they are so flexible and in combination.
Then the Gomez season was shortened by a broken leg and we were refused to see them together.
Now, after Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren took turns working with Van Dijk, Gomez is back.
Dutchman Van Dijk is 28 while Gomez is 22 in England – and their talents are very similar.
Their pace is frightening and they exude class in the way they travel across the field.
Van Dijk, the second place in Ballon d & # 39; Or in 2019, is clearly ahead of his teammate. He is stronger in the air and of course more a leader. But Gomez is not far behind. They work brilliantly together and we finally get the chance to see that.
Only Virgil van Dijk of the current Liverpool team would have reached the Treble winning side of Manchester United since 1999, according to the then assistant manager Steve McClaren
The former manager of England was an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson when United won an unprecedented victory triple crown from Premier League FA Cup and Champions League that season.
That legendary side is now increasingly being compared to Jurgen Klopp current Liverpool team, who are all sweeping for them on their way to their first league title in 30 years.
United & # 39; s Treble team
G Neville, Stam, Johnsen, Irwin
Beckham, Keane (c ), Scholes, Giggs
But asked Sky Sports if any of the current Liverpool players could break into United & # 39; s Treble- team, McClaren started – and ended – with the Dutchman.
Van Dijk would be coupled with Jaap Stam in a formidable full-Dutch center-half combination for Peter Schmeichel in Goa l. Van Dijk would replace Ronny Johnsen or Wes Brown in the United team.
Gary Neville was left behind with Denis Irwin on the left. The four in midfield from left to right are Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and David Beckham.
And despite the temptation to include Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, or Roberto Firmino, McClaren has chosen to stay with the productive collaboration of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.
McClaren said: & # 39; Virgil van Dijk next to Jaap Stam, that would be inv ncible. Nobody would come by.
& # 39; But seriously, only Van Dijk would join that team.
& # 39; If you look at that Manchester United team, that leadership is the whole team and leadership was the key.
& # 39; Liverpool is now developing that. & # 39;
It seems difficult to improve on that vintage United party, which won the Champions League thanks to a break time goal from current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Bayern Munich.
But they alone and grabbed the league title for Arsenal on the last day of the season, a contrast to Liverpool, whose coronation is only a matter of time given their 22-point lead.
Liverpool & # 39; ready to offer Virgil van Dijk a new five-year deal worth £ 50MILLION & # 39; as the club's owners secure the future of the Dutch defender as an & # 39 ; priority & # 39;
Liverpool are allegedly ready to further secure the future of Virgil van Dijk by offering the Dutch a new deal worth £ 50 million.
His current wage of £ 125,000 would rise to around £ 150,000 and the Reds defense base would be further insured for the long-term in Anfield.
It is assumed that a new deal for Van Dijk is seen as a & # 39; & # 39; priority & # 39; by the owners of the club, given the huge impact that the Dutchman has offered since his arrival two years ago.
In his debut season, he unanimously claimed the PFA Player of the Year prize, while Liverpool has dominated both in his own country and in Europe since his arrival.
Van Dijk played every minute of the 2019-20 season because the club is ready to score a record number of points on the way to winning their first Premier League title.
Sportsmail last week ] that all players who have played in the Premier League this season are eligible for the £ 4 million bonus if they win the title, which is paid out on a sliding scale determined by their number of appearances.
Regular regulars such as Van Dijk will receive around £ 150,000 on top of the standard win bonuses they receive during the season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also stands in line for an important bonus, as the new four and a half year deal he signed in December contained several performance incentives in addition to his £ 15 million salary.
The Liverpool team received £ 7 million for winning the Champions League last season.