|5||West Ham United|
|5||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2||Paris St Germain|
|2||Red Star Belgrade|
|2||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|50||12.01.2019||Brighton & Hove Albion||AMEX Stadium||League|
This feature originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of FourFourTwo.
Liverpool Echo ratings on Liverpool - Salzburg on 10 December 2019.
Sat 25 May 2019 in The Guardian.
This feature originally appeared in the FourFourTwo magazine - written by Andrew Murray and published on 29 April 2019.
5 APRIL 2019.
By Adam Crafton for the Daily Mail. Published: 15:31 GMT, 29 March 2019.
Liverpool Echo on Liverpool - Wolves on 21 December 2018.
By James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo on Arsenal - Liverpool on 3 NOV 2018.
20 August 2018 on Crystal Palace - Liverpool.
By Paul Gorst at the Liverpool Echo on 24 OCT 2018.
By Chris Beesley on 28 December 2017.
“Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back Liverpool have had since Alan Hansen, but the 26-year-old Holland international is better in the air than Alan was. There’s an argument that signing him for £75m from Southampton and selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m has already made Jurgen Klopp’s side stronger. Van Dijk will make them more solid. I believed he would come down from Celtic and would be too casual and get caught out in England, but he’s made it look easy, the same way he did in Scotland. That’s a mark of how good he is. He’s never extended, never seems to be running flat out in a race with somebody, never seems to be using all his strength when nudging somebody off the ball and never seems to be under pressure when making passes. He always plays within himself, which is a great sign. He has always got another yard or gear to find, and that’s why he reminds me of Alan.”
Souness on Van Dijk in October 2018
“Van Dijk does not take up positions. He marks territories. Molineux is the latest venue for Liverpool’s centre-back to plant his victory flag, in doing so demonstrating why Jurgen Klopp can succeed where the club’s other recent title pacesetters failed. Many will look to Van Dijk’s goal against Wolves, Liverpool’s second,but it was the nonchalant shrug on Adama Traore early in the second half that typified his excellence, the striker’s whippet pace nullified with ease. Attackers need a Satnav to find a way past Van Dijk. His headed clearances have become so routine they are barely noted. He has become a £75 million bargain."
Chris Bascombe in The Telegraph wrote in December 2018
Van Dijk inspired Liverpool to victory against Bayern Munich on 13 March 2019 in the Champions League. The £75m defender had Liverpool's hierarchy playing with superlatives. Co-owner John W. Henry tweeted "75 per cent of the earth is covered by water, the rest by Van Dijk." Klopp was equally complimentary in his press conference: "You could write a book about his skills, his strengths, how much I like him, what a fantastic person he is," Klopp said after the game. "He's so young, already so mature, so strong, all good."
Klopp and John Henry on Van Dijk
"Beast of a player, beast of a man, my goodness what a player."
Roy Keane on Van Dijk on Sky Sports after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Manchester United on 19 January 2020
“The manner and style of play of Virgil van Dijk amazes me. He’s a player who has amazed me since I saw him at Liverpool and with the Netherlands national team. He exudes quite impressive power and self-confidence. He imposes it at all levels. I see absolutely no fault in him. At first glance, you might get the feeling that because of his large size, he lacks mobility and flexibility, but that’s not the case at all. He has an exceptional sense of anticipation, and he is very agile. I love this player.“
Franz Beckenbauer on Van Dijk in France Football in December 2020:
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