Jamie Carragher has said that Virgil van Dijk can become a legend at Liverpool if he continues playing the way he has since joining from Southampton for £75m.
In the Reds’ first two Premier League games of the season, two clean sheets have been kept as Jürgen Klopp’s side continues to prove their defensive stability to the world.
In fact, for the last 30 games in the league, Liverpool have had the best defensive record, keeping the most clean sheets and conceding fewer goals than any other side.
This solidity at the back is due in no small part to the fantastic work that van Dijk has put in at centre back and Jamie Carragher believes the Dutchman could one day be considered a Liverpool legend.
“We’ve always said Liverpool can’t win the Premier League because of their defence, but now they have van Dijk, who I think is the best centre back in the Premier League.
“I can’t think of a defender off the top of my head that is better. He’s the man to step into the position Vincent Kompany has had over the last four seasons as that leader and colossus.
“They are very similar as players – there is nothing they lack. When Kompany was at his best three years ago, I didn’t think there was a centre-back that was better than him.
“Over the next three or four years, if Liverpool could win a league or a Champions League, I think van Dijk has the potential to actually go down alongside Alan Hansen if we’re talking about Liverpool’s best ever teams – that’s how good he is and how good he can become.
“If Liverpool under Klopp win something big, and van Dijk is at the centre of it, he should be disappointed if he’s not alongside Hansen when people talk about the great Liverpool centre-backs.
“There isn’t another centre-back that ticks almost every boxes in terms of presence, pace, strength and ability on the ball.
“Normally a player has a couple of those, they are lacking somewhere else and their defensive partner will cover some of those areas. Van Dijk has all of them at the moment.
“Players and leaders like him have to be the ones that take Liverpool to something big. That’s when you’ll be remembered, when you win something big.”