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Virgil van Dijk utilizing Chelsea defender as benchmark for ‘lifetime’ Liverpool keep – Liverpool FC


Virgil van Dijk is hoping to remain at Liverpool for so long as potential, with Chelsea defender Thiago Silva the benchmark as he goals to play into his late 30s.

After a troublesome marketing campaign final trip, for participant and crew, Van Dijk appears to be like again to his finest this season.

The Dutchman just lately defined how he feels he can “do the whole lot once more” after totally recovering from the ACL damage he suffered in 2020.

His mobility is again, and now captain of Liverpool, he has taken a step up in accountability each on and off the pitch.

Although his contract is because of expire in 2025, there’s now no query over whether or not the membership ought to grant the 32-year-old an extension.

And in accordance with The Athletic, Van Dijk’s ambition is to remain at Liverpool for so long as “they nonetheless need him.”

That, he’s stated to hope, may very well be as he emulates the 39-year-old Thiago Silva in remaining on the prime degree into his late 30s.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 29, 2023: Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“As long as his physique permits him to,” Simon Hughes writes, “he sees no motive why that may’t be him at Liverpool.”

It may be argued that Chelsea are too reliant on their No. 6 at this stage – he has performed the total 90 minutes in each Premier League sport to date this season – however his enduring high quality is evident.

The prospect of Van Dijk staying as a fixture within the again line for Jurgen Klopp (and presumably his successor) for an additional 5 years or extra is a pretty one.

Hughes explains that there aren’t any ongoing points with the centre-back’s knee, and he has now employed a private physio for remedy outdoors of ‘work’ hours.

“It’s not a dismissal of the remedy he receives at Liverpool,” the reporter provides.

“The fact is, if he feels as if he wants a rubdown late at night time, wherever he’s on this planet, the physio is there when he wants him, even through the summer season, when he’s within the closing weeks of his vacation.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 24, 2023: Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s season within the Europa League has relaxed Van Dijk’s schedule considerably, with only one look within the competitors, whereas he has additionally sat out of each Carabao Cup video games to date.

That doesn’t undersell his significance to Klopp’s facet, extra a mutual settlement that, for the No. 4 to remain on the prime for so long as he hopes, concessions should be made someplace.

If it means Van Dijk signing a brand new long-term contract and enjoying to the extent of Thiago Silva as he nears 40, then it is going to definitely be value it.

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