Since 2013, only four Liverpool defenders have won the club’s Player of the Month award with attackers dominating the nominated recipients.

The red-hot form that saw Mohamed Salah score 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield meant he won the award seven times.

The only defender to win the award last season was Dejan Lovren, who was handed the prize after fans rigged the vote to show their support for the Croatian after a torrid display against Spurs at Wembley.

Virgil van Dijk winning the award for the month of August shows how well Liverpool’s back line is doing at the moment but it also prompted the emergence of a stat which really highlights how poor the Reds have been defensively in the last few years.

Embed from Getty Images

According to the Liverpool Echo, the only defenders to have won the Player of the Month award as chosen by fans on the club’s website for the last five years are Kolo Toure (November 2014), Mamadou Sakho (October 2015) and Joel Matip (November 2016).

Lovren won the award last year in October but it wasn’t for his brilliant defending; quite the opposite really.

For van Dijk, however, he was chosen by fans as the club’s most impressive player for the month of August as his defensive performances at the back helped his side keep three clean sheets from Liverpool’s first four games of the season.

The Premier League campaign ahead appears as though it will be characterised by defensive solidity as much as last year’s was by attacking brilliance.