Virgil van Dijk: 13 videos that show just how good he really is


There’s very little doubt Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in world football.

After arriving at Liverpool in January 2018, the Dutchman has transformed the Reds’ defensive record helping them to win the Champions League, while they’re also on the brink of becoming Premier League champions.

He went a ridiculous 50 matches without being dribbled past and he makes defending look far too easy.

To pay tribute to the centre-back, Planet Football have taken a look at 13 times Van Dijk proved he’s just too good.

Let’s take a look at them:

First touch in training

The ball falls from the sky and Van Dijk stuns the ball with an immaculate touch. A centre-back shouldn’t be able to do that.

Casual defending vs Southampton

As the song goes…”Calm as you like.”

His assist vs Bayern Munich

Not the first time Van Dijk has produced an assist with an incredible pass. And it won’t be the last.

His free-kick ability

Not bad for a centre-back.

And again…

Proof that his first one wasn’t a fluke…

He’s not bad in training, either

Why hasn’t he taken any free-kicks for Liverpool!?

Outrageous backheel

The most in-form striker wouldn’t think of producing a chipped backheel when in front of goal. Van Dijk attempted it, though.

The pace to deal with Adama Traore

Not even the fastest player in the league could get past Van Dijk.

Look at that pace

Virgil was the fastest player in last season’s Champions League campaign with this sprint vs Barcelona.

Crossbar challenge

Too. Easy.

Skills to pay the bills

Another reminder: He’s a centre-back.


Must be embarrassing getting nutmegged by a defender in training.

Using that wind to perfection

Ok, it was wind-assisted but that’s not a bad trickshot.

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