Liverpool have never had a dependable backline to win league titles in recent years. Even Brendan Rodgers who led the last Liverpool charge at the League didn’t have the comfort of a settled-solid back four.
If Liverpool win the league this year, no other player can be credited for it as much as Virgil Van-Dijk. His arrival absolutely transforming the defence in rapport with Alisson.
The Dutchman hasn’t missed a single league game so far this season and is well on his way to winning the Player of the Season award.
At such a time, BBC Pundit and former England international Chris Sutton has made a big comparison:
“Liverpool have not had the same firepower as they did last season so for them to still be in the title race is largely down to Van Dijk’s influence,”
“Historically, when one player turns a team into title contenders, it is usually an attacker – like Eric Cantona at Manchester United for example.
“Van Dijk has had the same kind of impact, by making Liverpool statistically into the best defence in the Premier League.”
Sutton added: “I don’t think many people realised how good he was when he was at Celtic. They do now.
“This might sound like I am saying “I told you so” but he had all the attributes then in terms of his passing and his defending. There is no doubt he has developed, but he was always a top-quality defender, and so graceful that he is lovely to watch.”