Jamie Carragher paid Virgil van Dijk an enormous compliment when he said that he expects to talk about the Dutchman in the same breath as the likes of Kenny Dalglish by the time he’s done at Liverpool.
On his debut in January, van Dijk towered above every player on the pitch to steer the ball into the back of the net in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
He had signed for the club just over two weeks before for a world record fee of £75million but he seemed to be unfazed by the pressure and showed from the get-go why Liverpool were prepared to pay so much to sign him.
And on the eve of the next Derby, Jamie Carragher has written about him in his latest column for The Daily Telegraph and has paid the 27-year-old the highest compliment by comparing him to Dalglish, John Barnes and Graeme Souness.
Carra writes: “When Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk a year ago, I thought they had signed a good player.
“I underestimated him. Few have had such a profound and immediate influence on any Liverpool team. Since his goalscoring debut in the Merseyside derby last January he has proven one of the most instantly successful Anfield recruits of the last 30 years.
“He rates alongside Mohamed Salah, whose debut season was extraordinary, in that regard. But if Van Dijk continues as now – and Liverpool win trophies – I will go further. We will be talking about Van Dijk as we do John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness.”