Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in the Premier League after his impressive display against Arsenal, according to Garth Crooks.
The 27-year-old has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side since moving to Anfield from Southampton for £75 million in January.
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Van Dijk has been hailed as one of the reasons behind Liverpool’s stellar defensive record this season in which they have conceded just five goals in 11 games.
And after another commanding display in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, Crooks believes the Reds have found their ideal defender who can both defend and play their style of football in “trojan horse” van Dijk.
“There are some central defenders who are comfortable on the ball and some who prefer the battle. Virgil van Dijk can do both,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Team of the Week column.
“The Netherlands international battled like a Trojan against Arsenal but was still capable of producing a touch of class on the ball regardless of the chaos and the pressure of the moment.
“That’s one of the reasons Liverpool are doing so well. Is Van Dijk now the best central defender in the Premier League? I think he is you know.”
Liverpool’s defensive record has improved immeasurably since Van Dijk, the most expensive defender in the world, joined the club.
Since his debut, the Reds have kept 14 clean sheets in the 25 Premier League games the former Celtic man has played in.
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