Liverpool paid Virgil van Dijk an extra £750,000 in clean sheet bonuses last season


Virgil van Dijk had a season to remember in 2018/19. 

The defender was key to Liverpool's Premier League title charge and although they fell just short behind Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp's side did win the Champions League. 

On top of helping deliver silverware to Anfield for the first time since 2012, Van Dijk has also scooped a few individual awards for his achievements too. 

Back in April, the Dutchman was named PFA Player of the Year and just last month, he also won UEFA's player of the year award. 

On top of that, he's made the three-man shortlist for FIFA's Player of the Year and is amongst the favourites for the Ballon d'Or.  

But it's not all about the trophies. For his impressive performances last season, Van Dijk was awarded a rather handsome clean sheet bonus too. 

According to the Mirror, his Liverpool contract includes a 'complex bonus structure' which relates to the number of shutouts he helps his side secure.

In 2018/19, Van Dijk's target was to keep 22 clean sheets. He absolutely smashed that number, keeping 26 in all competitions. 

Newcastle United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

His reward for that? A hefty £750,000 bonus. 

Not bad at all. Perhaps knowing this figure was on the line was one of the reasons Van Dijk made himself so hard to dribble past? 

Considering how good he was for Liverpool last season, it's almost impossible to suggest he doesn't deserve that money. 

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After all, he's currently on a weekly wage of just less than £125,000. That's in-line with the rest of his teammates, despite the defender being one of his club's most important players.  

But that could change very soon, with reports that Van Dijk has agreed a new six-year, £200,000-a-week deal at Anfield. 

If he does go on to sign that contract, it will be money well spent by Liverpool. 

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