Whilst Virgil van Dijk’s reported £75 million fee seemed somewhat steep early this year, speak to any Liverpool fan right now, and they’ll tell you he is worth every penny.
The Dutch defender was widely praised after leading Liverpool to a second successive Premier League win on Monday, in a tightly contested game with Crystal Palace.
The arrival of the defender in January was a key moment and real turning point in Klopp’s development of Liverpool.
Prior to his arrival Liverpool were blowing teams away, yet still had a tendency to self-destruct – both throwing away a three-goal lead in Seville in the Champions League, and the comfortable 4-1 Premier League defeat away to Spurs, spring to mind.
With Van Dijk’s leadership at the back the Redmen now look ready to challenge and are tipped by many to push Manchester City close in the Premier League this year.
As Van Dijk has managed to transform Liverpool’s solidity and propel their impressive run to a Champions League final, surely, he should be considered one of the best centre-backs in the world?
On that thought, we at GiveMeSport created a poll asking if Van Dijk is indeed the best centre-back on the planet.
Over 200,000 of you voted, and the answer was comprehensive – he isn’t.
29% of those who voted felt he was the best in the world, whilst a massive 71% think that there are better out there.
It perhaps isn’t too surprising that Van Dijk isn’t considered number one.
Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are enjoying a fantastic spell right now – both are part of the Real Madrid side to beat Liverpool and claim a historic third successive Champions League title.
In Varane’s case, he has also reached the pinnacle of the game by putting in one colossal performance after another to become a World Cup winner with France this summer.
Van Dijk probably shouldn’t feel too upset, it’s stiff competition.
If the Dutchmen continues to impress, and manages to gain some silverware with Liverpool, we wouldn’t rule him out in the future.News Now - Sport News