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Gary Neville praises 'fantastic' Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Gary Neville 'worryingly' praises Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Gary Neville has said on Sky Sports that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is his stand-out player this season.

The Dutch centre-back, a £75 million signing last January, has been an ever-present figure in a Liverpool defence which has conceded only three goals in seven Premier League games this season.

And Neville, a Manchester United legend, concedes that the former Southampton stalwart has impressed him more than anybody else, while highlighting James Milner's contribution too.

He told Sky Sports: "Milner for Liverpool , who have been outstanding. Virgil van Dijk: outstanding. But Van Dijk – worryingly – has impressed me more than anybody. He’s just a fantastic central defender."

 

Neville's admission won't win him much favour among United fans, given their rivalry with Liverpool, but the right-back-turned pundit is probably right.

Van Dijk has made a monumental difference to Jurgen Klopp's side since arriving less than a year ago and it'll be interesting to see if the Reds can maintain their title charge.

Liverpool are second in the Premier League table, behind Manchester City on goal difference and it's obvious that a new and improved defence is a big reason for their form.

Fans of the Anfield club would love to end their 29-year wait for a top-flight title, and they haven't looked stronger for years, but it's a long, long season and time will tell whether Van Dijk can help them get that monkey off their back.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5,...

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