Virgil van Dijk may have cost Liverpool a cool £75 million last January, but the Dutch centre-back has been worth his weight in gold for the Reds.
While everybody knew Van Dijk was a top defender prior to his move to Anfield, very few people were aware the former Southampton star was quite *this* good.
The 27-year-old is now widely regarded as the best central defender in the Premier League - and it could certainly be argued that there’s currently no better centre-back in world football.
Van Dijk produced an imperious performance for Liverpool against Wolves on Friday night.
Not only did he help the Reds keep another clean sheet, but he also netted his first Premier League goal for the league leaders.
Sky Sports named him Man of the Match, while the Liverpool Echo handed him a 9/10 rating.
“Wolves looked to expose the Dutchman against the pace of [Adama] Traore, who was promptly subbed,” they added. “Won so many headers and finally scored his first Premier League goal for the Reds.”
Jurgen Klopp, per the Mirror, commented: ”He is in a good moment, he is very important for us and hopefully he can stay like this.
"The work-rate in general is just outstanding. I love the boy.
"We won, deserved, and Virg played a proper part in that."
A video of Van Dijk’s individual highlights has now emerged and you can watch it here…
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“World class performance yet again from Big Virg,” The Red Debate added. “The man’s imperious. Pace, power, positioning, strength, aerial ability, calmness on the ball, range of passing & a goal to boot. What a player.”
It’s hard to disagree with any of that.
The video confirms that Liverpool currently have the best defender in the Premier League, something which football fans on social media were all in agreement over.
Van Dijk’s performance is made all the more remarkable by his post-match admission that he was suffering from a cold.
“It’s been a bit of tough day for me,” he told Sky Sports. “I had a bit of a cold, so I wasn’t 100 per cent but these nights are very important for us. We won here and that’s a big step for us.”