Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

Glen Johnson really, really loves Virgil van Dijk

Joel Matip was a centre-half struggling to earn Klopp's trust prior to Van Dijk's arrival, but he is now a supremely confident central defensive partner for the main man, and his own-goal against Bayern, when he could either divert the ball into his own net or leave it for Robert Lewandowski to score, should not take the shine off his performance.

"I really think this club deserves to have awareness again".

"But the truth is that I don't think Bayern knew what they wanted to do".

"The other 25% is covered by Van Dijk".

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes that Sadio Mane has been in scintillating form since Christmas and admits that the attacker reminds him of former Red Raheem Sterling.

And Van Dijk's statistics reflect his mighty European outing.

With strikers such as Harry Kane, Mohammed Salah and Sergio Aguero not reaching the numbers that they are usually are at this stage in the season, Virgil Van Dijk has to be the firm favourite to take home the PFA Player of the year award this year whether Liverpool go on to win the title or not purely down to the way he has completely transformed the clubs defence since joining last January.

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Right now, he is the best defender in the world, with nobody anywhere questioning his value. They were the better team over the two matches.

"You saw after the second goal how much quality they have", the Croatian said.

He provided the assist to Mane's opener and was also able to grab Liverpool's second goal on the night, which effectively ended the tie.

Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game. "He is a massive threat".

"We were up against very, very strong opponents", Kovac admitted.

The forward was vast for Liverpool on the evening, not just bagging two important strikes, but also working tirelessly in attack and defence, as well as keeping possession when his side needed it.

Liverpool will return to Premier League action this Sunday, with a crucial trip to Fulham on the cards which could have huge implications on the title race.

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