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Van Dijk unsure about Liverpool future post-Klopp era

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Liverpool captain, Virgil van Dijk has expressed uncertainty about extending his tenure at Liverpool beyond Jurgen Klopp’s departure, with his contract set to conclude in 2025.

Liverpool made a historic £75 million investment in van Dijk, securing his transfer from Southampton in January 2018. 

The Dutch defender swiftly established himself as a pivotal figure at Anfield, contributing significantly to the club’s Champions League triumph in 2019 and their subsequent Premier League title victory.

Taking over the captaincy this season following Jordan Henderson’s departure, van Dijk acknowledged his uncertainty about his future at the club once Klopp steps down. 

“That’s a big question. I don’t know,” Van Dijk said. “I don’t know. The club will have a big job on their hands, that is well known.

Klopp announced his impending departure prior to Liverpool’s 5-2 FA Cup victory over Norwich City.

Amidst their pursuit of a domestic treble, with Liverpool leading the Premier League, set to contest the League Cup final against Chelsea in February, and progressing to the FA Cup fifth round, the impending changes at Anfield loom large.

While Klopp plans to take a hiatus from management, van Dijk, alongside teammates Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, faces contract uncertainty until 2025. 

Reflecting on the transitional phase ahead, van Dijk emphasized the club’s substantial task of replacing not only the manager but the entire staff.

“To replace not only the manager but the whole staff, there are so many things that will change. I’m very curious which direction that will go in but when that will be announced we will see our situation. I can’t say much about it. It will be the end of Klopp’s era and I am still part of it.

“That’s why I don’t like to talk about it. That is my main focus. We will see at the end of the season, hopefully we will have the success we all dream of and by then probably there will be more clarification about what the club wants for the future and then we will see,” he said

Acknowledging the imminent end of Klopp’s era and his continued role within it, van Dijk refrained from dwelling on future decisions, prioritizing present responsibilities and the pursuit of collective success.

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