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Van Dijk was unquestionably Liverpool's best playing in the Arsenal draw..

Virgil van Dijk produced some superb individual highlights during Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

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Virgil van Dijk has done absolute wonders for Liverpool since arriving in January.

There were questions raised about his £75 million price tag at the time, but almost every football fan is impressed by his performances at Anfield and he's more than proven his worth.

That was certainly the case during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal this weekend, where the Reds faced a formidable attacking line-up including Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In the end, Liverpool felt like they'd dropped two points having held the lead through James Milner and created a number of opportunities to double their advantage.

Yet there's every reason to suggest Liverpool wouldn't have been so competitive without Van Dijk, who was the visitor's best player on the pitch and could have won the Man of the Match award.

Van Dijk impressed vs Arsenal

Perhaps the only criticism aimed at the Dutchman was the fact he didn't leave the pitch with a goal and maybe even a hat-trick after creating several opportunities for himself.

Jurgen Klopp joked after the game: “He said ‘I should have had a hat-trick.’ I was not a good football player but I was good at heading and today I would have scored three.”

Defensively speaking, though, Van Dijk barely put a foot wrong and showed everybody in attendance why he's considered one of the best centre-backs in the world.

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Van Dijk's individual highlights

And just in case there was any debate about the matter, a Liverpool fan has already compiled Van Dijk's individual highlights from the game.

Aside from a few routine passes across the back four, the video shows the variety in Van Dijk's game from his ability to create some deep, his positional awareness and sheer determination.

Some of the best moments from the video are as followed:

1:04 - superb diagonal pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
1:09 - showing an unbelievable first tough for a centre-back.
1:56 - brilliant block to deny Aubameyang.
2:44 - a masterclass in one-on-one defending vs Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
3:39 - amazing dribbling and distribution in the final third.

That being said, the whole clip isn't bad either. Fans can check out the full video down below:

Is there a better defender in the Premier League right now?


It doesn't seem like it and performances like Van Dijk's against Arsenal show exactly how crucial he'll be if Liverpool are competing for the league title this season.

Van Dijk just seems to have everything in his locker at either end of the pitch and he's constantly improving players like Andrew Robertson and Joe Gomez around him.

If the likes of Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka weren't so impressive for Arsenal, there's no question Van Dijk would have rode into the sunset with the MOTM trophy.

Arsenal FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League

In fact, the only thing lacking in the 27-year-old's game has been a second Liverpool goal, having failed to score since his debut against Everton.

But if he performs like he did against Arsenal every week, we're sure Liverpool fans will let him off.

Do you think Van Dijk is the best defender in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
Football
Virgil van Dijk
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Andy Robertson
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
James Milner
Arsenal
Liverpool

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