Liverpool’s priority is working on a contract extension for star centre back

Liverpool are working hard at keeping their most talented players at the club. Up next for a new contract is Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool’s working tirelessly to tie their star defender down to a lifetime contract. His current deal runs out in 2023 but the club is taking no chances and wants to make sure he stays put beyond his current deal.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are focused on the return of Virgil van Dijk. The board has plans to offer the Dutch defender the renewal of the contract, and the negotiations will begin in the coming months.

The world-class Dutch defender has been sidelined since October after tearing his ACL in wild a collision with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby. (Via: cbssports.com)

WIth VVD already the highest-paid outfielder at Liverpool Football Club, they are looking to extend his stay and up his wages – making him one of the biggest earners across Europe’s top leagues.

The Reds lost their gem centre back in the first Merseyside derby back in October. A horrendous challenge by Jordan Pickford in the 11th-minute of the game saw Virgil leave the pitch early.

It was later discovered the club’s record-signing had to undergo surgery and was forecasted to be out for the remainder of the season, having ruptured his ACL.

But the timeframe of his injury setback could be way off and we could see him back in action sooner than expected.

Because of Virgil van Dijk‘s rapid rehabilitation, the club is reluctant/doubtful to do business in the January transfer window. Should they or should they not bank on their reserves and makeshift CB’s is the question for Jrugen Klopp and the transfer committee?

Nevertheless, having lost VVD long-term, the Reds have still managed to stay at the Premier League summit and in and around it, while managing to qualify for a Champions League Round of 16 spot where they will play Bundesliga outfit, RB Leipzig.

It is safe to say the Reds have been coping without their star man but it also has to be said how much their defence hasn’t been the same without his presence in the backline.

Since losing van Dijk, they’ve only lost once in the Premier League but have conceded too many times. They have let in 12 goals and have kept eight clean sheets in 19 outings across all competitions.

Should the priority be a contract extension for Virgil van Dijk or getting in a new defender?