Key update emerges over Liverpool legend’s proposed contract talks

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Liverpool legend Virgil van Dijk’s contract talks have been put on hold for the time being, according to a fresh update regarding his future.

The Dutchman has been one of the most important signings in the Reds’ history, transforming the team almost as soon as he arrived back in January 2018.

Van Dijk has gone on to establish himself as one of the greatest defenders of his generation, if not of all-time, winning endless trophies in a Liverpool shirt along the way.

The 32-year-old was also named as Jordan Henderson’s successor as captain last summer, enjoying a highly impressive campaign as skipper, which included scoring the winning goal in the EFL Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Slightly worryingly from a Liverpool perspective, however, Van Dijk only has one year remaining on his current contract, with no agreement over an extension in sight currently.

In fact, a new update from Football Insider claims that the Netherlands superstar has put any talks on hold, even though new manager Arne Slot wants to retain his compatriot’s services:

“Liverpool manager Arne Slot is keen to keep captain Virgil van Dijk at the club with a new contract but talks have been put on hold, sources have told Football Insider. The 32-year-old’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2024-25 campaign.

“Club chiefs will pursue a renewal for the centre-back, but it is believed talks will not take place until the end of 2024 with transfer business currently being prioritised after Slot’s arrival at Anfield.”

Our thoughts on Van Dijk’s Liverpool future…

Liverpool fans will understandably be desperate for Van Dijk to sign on the dotted line, but it does appear to be a laidback situation, with the legendary centre-back happy at Anfield.

He clearly doesn’t feel the need to rush negotiations, especially with his focus on Euro 2024 this summer, so an extension should be expected at some point later this year.

Van Dijk may be turning 33 next month, but he is still arguably Liverpool’s most important player, and he will hopefully sign a new deal that takes him well into his 30s, as he continues to add to his iconic status.

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