Gary Neville lauds Virgil van Dijk and tips Reds for title challenge

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Gary Neville has backtracked on what he said previously about Virgil van Dijk and now says that the Dutchman is “a monster” in defence.

Liverpool opened their 2018/19 season with a 4-0 win over West Ham at Anfield, keeping yet another clean sheet at home. In fact, the Reds haven’t conceded at home in the league since February.

This newfound defensive solidity is in part due to the arrival of van Dijk after the centre-back completed a £75million move from Southampton while Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been huge revelations at fullback.

The jury might still be out on Dejan Lovren but the Croatian was very good towards the end of last season but most of the credit will go to van Dijk, whose calming presence even brought the best out of Loris Karius.

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Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the man himself said: “I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75m, and I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had.

“He’s a monster, and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam. It looks like he just throws people out of the way.”

He continued, adding that he believes the Reds will challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title: “I think Liverpool are the side [City] will feel threatened by directly. Certainly, in terms of the style of play, Liverpool have certainly got the measure of Manchester City. You can see that.”

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


  1. Dear Liverpool fans good day. Klopp football style is to bring the ball forward and to goal as much as you can, he do not bother about the defense because he knows the quantity of goals which we can mark will make the difference if we take some. The Liverpool forwards are big scorers and the give tension to opposite defenders also the return back to help their own defense. In big matches all the players are well prepared and are very serious about winning, you see the difference when playing with other teams which are down to big 6. They take pleasure and give tension to opposite. God bless liverpool FC and we wish to hold silverwares this year as we are unbeaten or we are difficult to be beaten.


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