Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool defender signs deal until 2025

Last update on.From section LiverpoolVan Dijk was last seen playing competitively for Liverpool in October 2020. He has since returned to action during the pre-seasonLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk extended his contract with club to the summer of 2025.Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho signed new deals this summer for the 30-year-old.Because of an anterior cruciate ligament tear in October, he only played five league games last year.Van Dijk said that he was happy, very happy, and proud to have signed a new contract after he resumed playing in preseason."All the hardwork we've done so far continues, and I am looking forward what the future brings together Liverpool," said the centre-back from the Netherlands, who made 130 appearances for Liverpool."Where I am today and how I feel today as a senior, important player for both the club and the team. It's a wonderful feeling that makes me feel at home.Did you know?Van Dijk has won 72 Premier League games since joining Liverpool in January 2018. Van Dijk's 76% win rate is the highest among players who have made 80 or more league appearances over the same time period.Source: Opta"I'm ready to go for the weekend"Van Dijk, who moved to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for 75m, has become one of the Premier League's most prominent defenders. He played every domestic minute as Liverpool won the title in 2019-20.His injury in the first half of the 2020-21 season was a crucial moment for the club, as their defensive resources were also stretched by injuries like Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.Van Dijk decided to not play for the Netherlands at this summer's delayed European Championship in order to concentrate on his rehabilitation.He made three pre-season appearances, and said that his recovery from "a disappointing season" was "going well".Van Dijk said, "I feel good", and could be a part of Liverpool's season opener against Norwich on Saturday."Friendlies, you build your match fitness, and then get into repeated repetitions of doing the same thing again and again."I feel ready for the weekend. We'll wait to see what the manager decides." It will be a completely different environment and mindset for me personally.