By Danny Mills

17th Aug, 2021 | 9:30pm

Mills: Liverpool handed transfer boost after 'huge' Van Dijk news

Danny Mills has backed Virgil van Dijk to return to his best after penning a new long-term Liverpool contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Manchester City and England defender suggested the Reds have saved themselves a transfer headache by securing the defender to a new deal.

Van Dijk has committed his future to Anfield until at least the summer of 2025 with his new contract.

His previous deal was set to expire in June 2023.

The Netherlands captain has followed Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Fabinho in penning new deals this summer.

“He’s an outstanding player,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“There’s clearly a dearth of centre-halves around at the moment and they know they’ve got a good one.

“Medical science now is way beyond what it was even five or 10 years ago. They will have every faith that Virgil van Dijk is going to come back from this and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t.

“In this day and age it’s a relatively straightforward operation and recovery process. It’s been done time and time again. I don’t think it’s a huge worry for them in that situation.

“They’ve got a great player and had him for over three years now. They clearly missed him last season and he can be a huge part of it now.

“It’s them saying to everybody else ‘No, you’re not involved in this’. He’s staying with us.”

Van Dijk made his return for Liverpool in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend.

It was his first competitive appearance since suffering an ACL injury against Everton last October.

In other news, another blockbuster Liverpool player deal is near and Klopp wants signature by 31 August.