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‘The full package’, ‘no weaknesses’: Danny Murphy hails £180k-a-week Liverpool ace

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‘The full package’, ‘no weaknesses’: Danny Murphy hails £180k-a-week Liverpool ace

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been described as “the full package” by Anfield icon Danny Murphy, in conversation with talkSPORT.

The Reds have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that the 29-year-old centre-back would require surgery on an ACL injury suffered during the Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk was unable to continue following a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early on during Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

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Stressing just how important Van Dijk is to Liverpool, Murphy declared him ahead of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry as the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-back.

“I was very fortunate to play with Rio Ferdinand in his pomp with England,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “He was one of the very best centre-halves I’ve ever seen as well.

“But Van Dijk for me is the full package. There are no weaknesses in his game. I think his long range passing may be a better than Rio’s but we are splitting hairs.

 

“The only thing that Van Dijk missing to become the best is longevity because what Rio and Terry did is play over a decade and won trophies in that time. That’s what Van Dijk has got to do.

“But if you are making a centre-half on a computer, he would come out. I’ve played against a lot and seen a lot, and I’ve never seen a centre-half make it so easy. It is effortless for him.

“When people start bringing up people like Bobby Moore [as the best ever], I didn’t see him! You can only go on what you have seen and and played against.”

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Anterior cruciate ligament injuries unfortunately tend to bring long-term layoffs and Jurgen Klopp confirmed Van Dijk would be out “for a while”, though he didn’t put a timescale.

The £180,000-a-week ace is indeed a world-class defender and will be missed, but Liverpool now have to regroup in wake of this huge setback and potentially bring in someone new in January.

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