Jamie Carragher has claimed that Virgil van Dijk is taken for granted at Liverpool and has raved about his ability.
The Reds splashed out £75million (BBC) to sign him from Southampton back in January 2018, but despite that transfer fee he’s turned out to be a bargain and developed into arguably the best defender in the world.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has been transformed into an elite team since he joined, as they have won a Champions League trophy and are on the brink of lifting this season’s Premier League title too.
There are still 10 games remaining in this campaign and the Merseyside club are waiting patiently for football to return, with action currently put on hold due to the COVID-19 virus.
Carragher has named his Premier League team of the season so far, with seven players from runaway leaders Liverpool included.
He spoke about immense individual campaign that Van Dijk has had yet again in the heart of defence for his team and feels he is perhaps underrated.
“Quite simply, one of the best players in the world. Since moving to Liverpool, Van Dijk has been elevated into that sphere of players who could play for any side,” Carragher wrote in the Telegraph.
“He is so good, sometimes it feels he is taken for granted. Whenever the player of the year is debated, it is strange how few pundits put him forward. He has been as influential this season as he was last year and is another of the picks in this line-up no-one can argue against.”
Van Dijk is already being mentioned alongside some of the best centre-backs to ever play in the Premier League and it’s clear how vital he is for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but perhaps they will only truly appreciate him when he exits.
The 28-year-old colossus is fortunately for the club in the prime of his career right now and it’s obvious what a lift he has on the teammates around him.
Liverpool aren’t the same team defensively without him at centre-back and he is perhaps the one player in the side over any other that they can’t afford to be without.