Sheffield United fans claim that Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the first world class player that they have seen at Bramall Lane this season.
Liverpool beat Sheffield United 1-0 at the weekend in what was a massively hard fought victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Blades put up a spirited display, and were only undone by a goalkeeping error, when Georginio Wijnaldum’s tame shot went straight through Dean Henderson’s legs.
On another day Chris Wilder’s men may have taken a point from the contest, but many of their attacking moves were stopped by Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk.
The Dutchman was imperious as he snuffed out Sheffield United’s threat on numerous occasions.
And Blades fans admit that the Liverpool man is the best player that they have seen since promotion.
Have to say he's the first player I've watched this season and thought wow he's world class https://t.co/8Kij7DBuvE— BA Analytics (@Blades_analytic) September 28, 2019
Never panicked and never got out of 3rd gear fantastic performance. Matip on the other hand— James Fletcher (@Jamesfletcher82) September 28, 2019
His reading of the game is next level, be interesting to see heat map, I’ve come away feeling like he’s ran 100 yards in 90 mins and stopped nearly everything— Ryan Howling (@RyanObrian) September 28, 2019
Never sprints!! Means hes always a step ahead unreal— A Y (@al3x19821889) September 28, 2019
So much composure, very physical but not a bully, just a force and he won all but one header today. Gave Egan a run for his money.— Dave (@yorkshire__dave) September 28, 2019
Covered superbly for Matip, who was off the speed. Best CB in the league by a good distance— Ned (@nedlyl25) September 28, 2019
Said same at the game, won everything and looked so calm doing it, a class above— Alex (@Al3xTheCoach) September 28, 2019
Yep. Huge, both literally and figuratively. A brick wall that we could never break down. Easily one of the best defenders I've seen in the flesh.— Damski (@JimmyThePerv) September 28, 2019
The praise comes as no surprise for Van Dijk anymore, as the Liverpool man has become renowned as arguably the best defender in the world since his move to Anfield.
Van Dijk has made Liverpool’s defence practically rock solid since his arrival, and that has helped Klopp’s side make a hugely impressive start to the campaign.
Liverpool have taken maximum points from their first seven games this season to build up a healthy advantage over Manchester City already.
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