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Jamie Redknapp has claimed that the ‘incredible’ Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk gives ‘everyone an air of confidence’, as he told Saturday Night Football on Sky Sports (25/09/21 at 5:15 pm).

It was pretty evident how much Liverpool missed their ice-cold centre-back last season when he had to spend most of the season in the treatment room – albeit, he was involved in a pretty eventful 3-3 draw at Brentford yesterday.

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Despite being out of action for such a long period, Van Dijk has started the season for Liverpool like he has never been away.

Usually, players would take their time to find that sharpness, perhaps struggle with early fitness, but not Van Dijk.

And Redknapp spoke in glowing terms about the player, before the six-goal thriller at the Brentford Community Stadium, and how he gives him hope that Klopp’s men can win the Premier League title this term.

On VVD’s impact since his return: “It’s hard to put it into words,” said Redknapp. “When a player comes back from injury, you don’t know how a player is going to react and hit their peak form. He has done it straight away.

“I am also loving those passes. The number of times he is hitting those long-racking passes out to the right-back or left-back.

“He is just bang in form and it’s a joy to watch him. I can’t think of many players in Premier League history that have single-handedly made the difference like he does.

“He gives me hope that Liverpool can win the league, without him they can’t – he gives everyone an air of confidence all around him and he is an incredible footballer.”

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Over the summer, it was pretty quiet on both ends of Merseyside as Liverpool and Everton – and, in some cases forced, kept their money in their back pockets.

Whilst the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Premier League, Manchester City spent £100 million on Jack Grealish, it was just contract renewals at Anfield.

Ibrahima Konaté was the only man brought through their doors and he will be watching someone like Van Dijk in awe because he is showing how it is supposed to be done.

Of course, Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Brentford was a game of defensive errors from both teams and something Van Dijk knows his team simply have to get out of their system because they face Manchester City next.

In other news, Confirmed: Howe has just axed 24-year-old Newcastle player from XI