'It caused uproar at Arsenal' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big Liverpool contract development
Kevin Phillips has tipped Virgil van Dijk to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Liverpool and stay for “a long, long time”.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the Reds to learn from Arsenal’s mistakes and extend the contracts of all of their key players.
Virgil van Dijk still has three years left on his contract having signed a five-and-a-half-year deal when he joined from Southampton in January 2018.
However, Football Insider revealed that the centre-half is in line to receive a bumper new contract worth over £200,000-a-week that would keep him at Anfield for the rest of his career.
Phillips claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side are the best in Europe and are the team that every player wants to play for.
“You have got to tie your best players down,” he told Football Insider.
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“If they want to continue, like Manchester United did when they dominated English football, you do not let people sneak away or let contracts run down.
“We have seen that happen too often at Arsenal and it has caused uproar and disruption. It never happened at Manchester United.
“Liverpool need to tie their best players down even if they have three years left. Keep them on board.
“It would not surprise me if Virgil Van Dijk ended up staying at Liverpool for a long, long time. Especially with Liverpool being the dominant force in Europe.
“Most players in Europe want to play for Liverpool.
“To tie him down would be a huge boost.”
The Netherlands captain may be joined by countryman Georginio Wijnaldum in committing his future to the club.
The Guardian report that the club have held held positive talks with the midfielder over a new deal which could run until 2024 or 2025.
In other Liverpool news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider player has “once in a lifetime opportunity” after big development.