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Virgil van Dijk's top speed in Liverpool 3-2 PSG was seriously impressive

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Liverpool showed why they are among the favourites to win the Champions League on Tuesday.

There were plenty of positives to take from the 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain, including Daniel Sturridge scoring and Roberto Firmino proving he’s over his eye injury by grabbing the winner.

But another aspect of the game that will have pleased Jurgen Klopp is just how his defence handled PSG’s attack.

Kylian Mbappe may have scored for the French side but Liverpool barely came under threat from the 19-year-old and his partners up front, Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Mbappe and Neymar came under stinging criticism from Rio Ferdinand at full-time, the former Manchester United defender claiming that the pair looked like they were playing in a testimonial.

PSG’s front trio couldn’t find their groove but it didn’t help that Liverpool’s defence played really well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez both belied their years to produce courageous displays, while Andrew Robertson created Sturridge’s goal with a perfect cross.

Van Dijk's top speed

It helps that Virgil van Dijk plays at the heart of the back four.

The Dutchman has made an instant impact following his £75 million arrival from Southampton at the start of 2018.

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He did a great job of keeping Cavani quiet, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

Yet one part of Van Dijk’s performance that needs more recognition is his top speed.

Per BT Sport, the 27-year-old clocked a top speed of 32.4km/h - quicker than any other player on the pitch.

That includes Mbappe and Robertson, who both reached 32 km/h, and Neymar, who ran at 31.7 km/h.

Many people are quick to list aerial prowess and passing as Van Dijk’s strongest attributes, but he is also one of the fastest centre-backs around.

And that will always come in handy when Mbappe and Neymar are running at you.

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UEFA Champions League
Football
Virgil van Dijk
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Roberto Firmino
Joe Gomez
Jurgen Klopp
Paris Saint-Germain
Premier League
Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool

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