Virgil van Dijk has recorded an incredible stat with Liverpool in the 2018/19 season

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Even rival fans will agree that Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the Premier League right now.

Although his impact at Liverpool was almost immediate, the 2018-19 season has allowed him to fully adapt to life on Merseyside and become a seemingly immovable force in the club's back four.

The Dutchman has shown himself to be imperious at centre-back across a number of big games and has brought about improvements in Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and many more players.

Just last month, Jamie Carragher piled the praise on the 27-year-old, writing in the Telegraph: "I underestimated him. Few have had such a profound and immediate influence on any Liverpool team.

"He rates alongside Mohamed Salah, whose debut season was extraordinary, in that regard. But if Van Dijk continues as now – and Liverpool win trophies - I will go further.

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"We will be talking about Van Dijk as we do John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness – Liverpool legends who from the moment they put on the shirt imposed themselves on the team and club to elevate everyone else.

"Van Dijk is the best defender in English football, only Aymeric Laporte's form at Manchester City's reaching similar levels."

Pretty incredible plaudits, but there's every reason to suggest Van Dijk will go down in the history books if he can help to bolster Liverpool's trophy cabinets.


Van Dijk's remarkable stat

And although the end of the season will truly decide his influence over the last year, he is already producing some incredible statistics.

The most obvious is the exponential rise in clean sheets, but they are numbers for which Alisson Becker and the remaining back four can also be credited.

A new statistic found on the Liverpool Reddit page is all down to Van Dijk, though.

According to, Van Dijk boasts a 'dribbled past per game' average of 0.00 in the Premier League and Champions League.

In other words, across 26 games, the 27-year-old simply hasn't been dribbled past. 

The Liverpool fan who found it wrote: "I could not find another player in the world other than goalkeepers who were not dribbled past at least once 10+ apps. There could be someone but I couldn’t find anyone."

Check out the statistic down below:


Pretty incredible stuff and for any skeptics, his rival centre-backs simply cannot compare.

Based on the numbers, the Liverpool fan has calculated that Laporte has been dribbled past on six occasions and Toby Alderweireld has been beaten twice the amount of times.

It's perhaps interesting to note that David Luiz is actually the next best example and his nightmare against Heung-min Son aside, he's been dribbled past on just four occasions.

The only blot on Van Dijk's copybook comes on the international stage, where his average stands at 0.3 but only across four appearances.


That essentially means he's only been dribbled past on a single occasion this season and it certainly wasn't in a Liverpool shirt.

So if somebody says that Van Dijk is impossible to get past, it's not as ridiculous of a statement as it might sound.

Van Dijk has set some incredible stats and records this season, but his latest might be the best.

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

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