London (AFP)

Virgil van DijkDutchman Virgil van Dijk on Friday extended his contract with Liverpool "long term" until 2025, the England club announced on its website.

"The adventure continues," said the boss of the defense of the Reds on Twitter.

At 30, the central defender, transferred from Southampton in 2018, signed up for four more years with the club that won the Champions League in 2019 and champion of England a year later.

"Unfortunately last season is to be forgotten on a personal level, but I enjoyed the time spent here, and I will continue to enjoy it over the next few years, along with all of you," said van Dijk.

Affected with ligaments in the right knee in October 2020, van Dijk had to be operated on and could not play for Liverpool again until the end of July, nine months after his injury.

He missed much of the last club season, as well as Euro-2020.

A strongman of the Reds during the 2018-2019 season, he was notably elected Premier League player of the year in 2019, best UEFA defender of the year and second in the Golden Ball the same year.

He has 130 appearances in the tunic of Liverpool, for 13 goals scored.

Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk poses with his trophies for best UEFA player of the year and best defender of the Champions League on August 29, 2019 in Monaco Valery HACHE AFP / Archives

In recent weeks, his teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Alisson have also extended their contracts with Liverpool.

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