Earlier today, Liverpool recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win over Watford, which even led to some Arsenal fans piling the praise on Virgil van Dijk.
What’s the story?
Well, the Liverpool No.4 looked back to his sublime best at Vicarage Road earlier today, as the Reds continued their unbeaten start in the Premier League.
Van Dijk helped the Reds to their fifth clean sheet in eight Premier League games this term, and made things look easy at times.
The 30-year-old won three aerial duels – no player on the pitch recorded more – while also completing 92.9% of his passes (WhoScored).
Additionally, the Dutchman made two clearances, and found the target with six of his 11 long-range pings, which have become a staple of his game.
One outstanding moment also saw Van Dijk head the ball over Emmanuel Dennis and back to himself, before he set up an attack.
Is Virgil van Dijk the best Liverpool defender in history?
In our view, no defender in Liverpool’s history comes close to Van Dijk.
Of course, the Reds have had some phenomenal centre-backs over the years, such as Alan Hansen, Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia.
However, none compare to Van Dijk, purely because of his immense technical ability.
As one fan below states, the ex-Celtic man has so many talents in his locker that he is almost impossible to stop.
Opponents who press him find themselves chasing Mohamed Salah in a matter of seconds, after the Egyptian receives one of those aforementioned pings.
If they sit off Van Dijk, he can also stride forward and break opponents down in that way – it’s like having a 6ft 4in Andrea Pirlo at the back!
For now, let’s see what the Arsenal fans on Twitter have been saying about the imposing Liverpool man…
Van Dijk is hilarious, no other defender in the PL comes anywhere close to him— James. (@afcjxmes) October 16, 2021
No other defender itw to be honest— Matt (@matt____afc) October 16, 2021
You can count the amount of bad games he’s played on one hand since he moved to Liverpool
Yeh he’s a Rolls Royce— Brian Richards (@brainrichards99) October 16, 2021
He might be the most complete CB oat. Every attribute you could possibly want in a CB, he has to the highest level— Finn (@Finn_AFC) October 16, 2021
Vvd is genuinely perfect— 𝙀𝙙𝙙𝙮 (@EddyAFC__) October 16, 2021
VVD is just different gravy, he literally has everything. If you sit back, he will play passes through the lines without breaking a sweat and if you press, he will just bypass it by blasting a 50 yard diagonal into Salah’s chest. Could watch him play football all day.— RohanJivan (@RjArsenalBlog) October 16, 2021