'I want to be a Liverpool legend' - Virgil van Dijk hints at new deal

David Lynch

Virgil van Dijk has given the firmest indication yet that he wants to sign a new Liverpool deal by declaring that he would like to be remembered as a club legend when he retires.

The Dutchman has had a transformative effect on the Reds since making a £75m move from Southampton in January 2018, turning a defence that was once considered a major weakness into one of their biggest strengths.

Silverware has followed as a result, with the Reds having picked up the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup with Van Dijk in the team, while a Premier League title is sure to follow should the current season be completed.

Consequently, Liverpool are understandably keen to extend the 28-year-old's stay on Merseyside, with a new long-term contract offer understood to be in the offing amid reports of interest from Juventus.

And Van Dijk has now suggested that he would be more than happy to put pen to paper on fresh terms rather than pursue a move elsewhere.

Asked how he hopes to be viewed when his career eventually ends, the Netherlands international told Spanish publication Sport: “As a Liverpool legend.

“I want to achieve incredible things here. We have a fantastic team, we don't lack anything, we have all the tools necessary to go on winning: a coach that we identify with, a versatile squad, a style of play that breeds victories, a stadium and supporters that play their part.

“Yes, I would like to be one of those players that return to Anfield after retiring. I see club legends at games and I feel part of a really big family.”

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