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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Liverpool should secure the future of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson as soon as possible.
The two stars have been fundamental to take the Reds to the top of English football. Liverpool had come close, but eventually broke the line to win the Premier League in 2019-2020.
That was one season after they made the Champions League. Both players played an important role in those successes and their importance to the Merseysiders cannot be overstated.
Fabrizio Romano revealed on last week’s Here We Go ‘podcast that Van Dijk will be offered new terms. It looks like he’s going to get a new five-year deal at Anfield despite missing most of the season through injury.
The Dutch international is under contract until the summer of 2023. Alisson signed a six-year deal when Liverpool paid Roma £ 66.8 million for his signing in 2018.
There seems to be no urgency about the future of the couple, but Robinson believes the club should act now.
“It’s a no-brainer,” he said Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs. “I would give Alisson and Virgil van Dijk as long a contract as they want.
“I would take them to the office, sit them down and say, ‘How long do you want to stay? They have had a great impact on that team and are crucial in everything they do. “
The defender’s impact is erased
Jurgen Klopp has a shame of riches from the start. You can call people like Mohamed salah, Sadio mane, Roberto Firmino spirit Diogo Jota.
But it is in the back where things have improved to help bring the silverware to the club.
Van Dijk spirit Alisson They have gotten the most applause, but it has been a collective rearguard effort. And Robinson insists it wouldn’t have happened were it not for the arrival of the superstar duo.
“Liverpool have been fantastic up front for four or five seasons, but since Virgil van Dijk and Alisson entered defense they have been outstanding,” he added. “They have launched the defense.
“Joe Gomez, (Andrew) Robertson, (Trent) Alexander-Arnold and even (Dejan) Lovren when he was there got better as a result of Virgil van Dijk.”
Even without Van Dijk for most of the season, Liverpool rank first in the Premier League table at Christmas. They are next in action when West Brom visits Anfield on Sunday.
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