BBC pundit Garth Crooks hails Virgil van Dijk’s contributions to Liverpool after the Dutchman helped his side to a 97-point finish in the Premier League.
The Reds might not have finished top of the table despite their incredible points tally for the 2018/19 season but supporters are more than happy with the progress being made under Jurgen Klopp.
Crooks wrote in his weekly column: “I have almost run out of superlatives to describe Virgil van Dijk’s performances this season – he has featured in my team of the week more than any other player.
“What the Dutch international has brought to Liverpool’s defence is almost unquantifiable.
“I do feel however, that if Liverpool fail to win the Champions League, and that is by no means certain, it may hasten Van Dijk’s departure. Players of his class need to be playing for the best team in the world.”
While I agree that Liverpool need to win the Champions League this season, there is little chance of van Dijk or any of the Reds’ other stars leaving in the summer off the back of this incredible campaign.
This has been van Dijk’s first full season at Anfield and while he will always want to play at the highest level given that he is the best central defender in the world, he really does seem to love the club.
The main difference between now and when Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling jumped ship is that it’s clear to see that Liverpool will only continue to get better.
Van Dijk will see that Liverpool are making clear strides to become the best side in Europe and won’t be in a hurry to leave Merseyside.
Klopp has made it clear that Liverpool are no longer a selling club and it really doesn’t seem as though there are any key performers at the club that are desperate to leave.
This summer will be one of reinforcement for Liverpool.
The spine of Klopp’s starting XI is extremely strong and beyond a few additions to the squad, the German is not expected to spend too heavily.