Peter Crouch reveals that he was left dumbfounded by how effortlessly Virgil van Dijk handled the pacy Adam Traore against Wolves last week at Molineux.

Last week, Liverpool easily swept Wolves aside at Molineux and strolled to a 2-0 win to pick up another three points in what would later become a flawless December run of fixtures.

Virgil van Dijk was on hand to help his side keep another clean sheet and even managed to score his first Premier League goal for the Reds with a coolly taken finish.

However, one moment involving Adama Traore in the second half stands out for former Liverpool star Peter Crouch.

Crouch said: “I played against van Dijk when he was at Southampton. I knew he was good but I didn’t have him in the category of Tony Adams, Sol Campbell or Martin Keown, the central defenders who you knew would leave you battered and bruised.


“If anything, he reminded me of Ledley King.

“Ledley never left himself in a position where he needed to make slide tackles, he just had a way of getting in front of you to take the ball. Ledley, really, never got the recognition of just how good he was.

“But I watched Van Dijk last week when Liverpool beat Wolves and he did something that made me think ‘Oh, my God!’ — it was when Adama Traore looked like he was going to open up on the touchline, having dragged van Dijk out of position.

“Usually, a fast striker would leave you for dead but van Dijk’s reaction was extraordinary. For a man so big and heavy to move so effortlessly alongside was remarkable and it shows why they have such a good defensive record.

“Regardless of whether Liverpool win the title, van Dijk could easily be PFA Player of the Year and emulate Gary Pallister (1992), Paul McGrath (1993) and John Terry (2005), the last defenders to win it. He has been that good.”

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