Van Dijk doesn't want to influence De Ligt's decision on his future

Van Dijk doesn't want to influence De Ligt's decision on his future

"I expected him to play the final, but not at 100%".

They not only have a successful campaign to lure De Ligt with, but also the financial security that that success has bred.

Spotrac claim van Dijk is earning an enormous £180,000 a week at Liverpool, and that his contract will expire in the summer of 2023.

Ronald Koeman had Virgil van Dijk, Gareth Southgate had Raheem Sterling - the winners of the two main individual awards in English football and seemingly the captains for Wednesday evening, too.

Van Dijk (above) simply responded "yes" when jokingly asked if he had sobered up after the Reds' European Cup celebrations, but conceded every player on show in Guimaraes tonight will be worn out after a long, arduous season.

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The Argentina ace has already won five Ballon d'Or's throughout his career, the same as Cristiano Ronaldo, and will be keen on adding to that tally.

For a decade from 2008 until 2018 the prize had either gone to Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but the exploits of Luka Modric in leading Croatia to the World Cup final broke the monopoly held the illustrious duo past year.

The dominant Dutchman is now clear second favourite behind Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi for the prize of the best player in the world. I'm ready. But ask anyone - both teams will say they're not 100 per cent because everyone has had a full season behind them'. We're playing a very good team, not one player'. They are goalscorers and eye-catching players. But as a group we want to go for it and give everything we've got.

"I've read that as well, of course", he said of the statistic that went viral. "I want to play", the Dutch midfielder said in a press conference.

"You can't really miss it - everyone is talking about". I just try to defend for the team'.

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