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Van Dijk extends Liverpool contract

Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil Van Dijk has signed a new four-year deal, the club announced on Friday.

The former Southampton man is set to make his return to first-team action after missing football for almost a year out because of a knee injury. Van Dijk is expected to be in the lineup when Liverpool kick-off their 2021-22 Premier League campaign against Norwich City on Saturday.

Virgil van Dijk explains his planned gametime for Liverpool's friendlies -  Liverpool FC - This Is Anfield

“It is something to be very proud of, that I am very proud of, that my wife and my kids are very proud of,” Van Dijk said in a statement after signing the new deal that will keep him with the club till 2025. .

“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.

“It has been going well; unfortunately last season for me personally has been a season to forget, to learn from and take with me, but I have enjoyed my time here and will keep enjoying it in the next couple of years altogether with all of you.”

Virgil van Dijk pays thanks to Liverpool and family after friendly comeback  | Liverpool | The Guardian

Van Dijk is the latest Liverpool player to sign a new long-term extension, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Fabinho all inking new deals in the past month.

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