Gary Neville says one Liverpool player really is 'that good'
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been praised by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who believes the Reds lost the Premier League title the minute he got injured.
Van Dijk has been so good for Liverpool over the past few years that he made his £75million transfer fee seem like a bargain.
It didn’t take long for Van Dijk to make his mark following his arrival in 2017, turning a shaky Reds defence into a solid unit en route to trophy glory.
Since the Netherlands international joined Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s charges have won the Champions League, the Premier League and the Club World Cup.
Sadly, Van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury back in October and Liverpool have looked a shadow of their former selves, doing well just to finish in the top four come the end of the season.
“Liverpool did lose the title the minute Van Dijk got injured,” Neville told Sky Sports. “It was too big of a blow for them to be able to come back from.
“I remember on the Monday night after that Liverpool-Everton game, I thought Jamie Carragher did a very good piece of analysis and he looked at seasons where big players had been lost in teams.
“He looked at scenarios where one player came out of a team and just had that impact that meant the rest couldn’t cope with it and I think Van Dijk is that good.
“I’ve said over the last few weeks that Van Dijk has proven to be ahead of Maguire, but Maguire has a similar impact on this Man Utd team. He’s one player who seems to keep it all together.”
It’s been an incredibly tough season for Liverpool, who have missed so many of their top players that finishing third is actually a pretty huge achievement.
That said, Van Dijk is on the mend and hopefully he and Liverpool’s other long-term absentees will all get back to their best, get sharp in pre-season and hit the ground running next term.
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