Virgil Van Dijk has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by penning a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the Summer of 2025.

The Netherland international has been a transformative signing since joining Liverpool for a club record fee of £75million in 2018, leading Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2019 and subsequently playing a pivotal role in Liverpool’s 2020 Premier League triumph.

The player who recently recovered from a severe knee injury that kept him out of action for 9 months, losing the chance to represent Netherland at the Euros in the process has now been rewarded for his influential impact at Liverpool with a 4-year stay.

The 30-year-old defender becomes the latest Liverpool player to sign a long term contract extension after Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Alisson Becker have recently put pen to paper to extend their stay as Liverpool look to tie down the core of the team that has won Premier League and Champions League titles on long-term deals. Liverpool are also keen on securing long-term deals for Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson.

In a state of delight after signing a new deal, Van Dijk said: “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.”

With the new Premier League season set to commence this weekend, Van Dijk expressed his eagerness to get to action and believes he his in shape to play in Liverpool’s opening game against Norwich City.

“I feel like I am ready for the weekend, so we’ll see what the manager decides. It is going to be a totally different atmosphere and mindset for me personally as well. It is something we fight for, for the points, and hopefully we can get a positive result out of it.”