Phil Babb has told the Irish Examiner that Virgil van Dijk’s influence at Liverpool can be illustrated by the number of children with his name on their backs.

Since arriving from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender, van Dijk has asserted himself as the leading centre-back in the Premier League.

The Dutchman is the favourite to land the coveted PFA Player of the Year award ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard.

The impact he’s had on Liverpool’s defence this season, in particular, has been miraculous. The Reds top the league table and could be crowned champions in a month’s time if all goes to plan.

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Aside from being a top-class defender, van Dijk has also had his fair share of goals considering his position on the pitch. Seven goals and three assists is a superb return and something that’s not been given much attention.

 

His performances in the Champions League have also been right up there with the best. His second leg display against Bayern Munich was unbelievable. Leaving Munich with a goal and assist and Robert Lewandowski in your back pocket is certainly noteworthy.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Babb commented on Virgil van Dijk, saying: “What will his legacy be? Hopefully, it will be at Liverpool. He’s a joy to watch. It’s quite interesting to see the amount of Virgil shirts now on kids’ backs, and defenders never had that.

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“It’s interesting to see fans recognising how good he is — they’re so in awe of this great defender.”

FSG will be laughing all the way to the bank after signing van Dijk for just £75million.

He’s already proven to be a bargain and may well win two trophies this season.