On Sunday, reports in the English media emerged that Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk wanted an increase in his salary.
Several websites claimed Van Dijk wants a new contract that will put him in line with Manchester United world-record centre-back signing Harry Maguire. The Manchester United centre-back is on a reported £190,000-a-week. (Looking at Manchester United’s salaries this season, it is easy to see just how much more Liverpool are getting out of their stars.)
Van Dijk was said to have signed a new Liverpool contract worth a whopping £200,000-per-week making him the joint-highest paid player at Anfield. According to the Metro, a new contract would see Van Dijk earn £75,000-per-week more than his current deal. However, contract information from Spotrac claims Van Dijk already earns £180,000-a-week.
If the latter’s information is to be believed, then Van Dijk is already only £20,000-a-week off of Liverpool’s highest earner Mohamed Salah.
Despite the weekend reports, it is said Van Dijk has been left confused over the idea that he is politicking for a new contract at Anfield. Van Dijk is under contract with Liverpool until 2024. He will be 33-years old by the time the deal expires meaning Liverpool will have had him during his prime footballing years.
The international break has led to slow Premier League news coming out. It just takes one journalist, blogger, or Twitter user to start a rumour that the rest of the sports media jump on. Regardless, Van Dijk is not agitating for a new contract at Anfield.