Ruud Gullit points out that you never see Virgil van Dijk sprinting
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Ruud Gullit points out that you never see Virgil van Dijk sprinting

Liverpool have pulled off some inspired signings in recent seasons. The Reds have bought low and sold high on their way to building a squad that is smashing through records you never knew existed. There are few more effective signings in the club’s history than their towering Dutch defender. Ruud Gullit has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk, pointing out what makes him so impressive.

Ruud Gullit has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Laureus)

Gullit is a footballing legend. The retired Dutchman played as an attacking midfielder during his playing career, lifting the Ballon d’Or in 1987.

His CV includes two European Cups, won at AC Milan alongside countrymen Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard.

Although the 57-year-old won the FA Cup with Chelsea, we won’t hold it against him.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Ruud Gullit waxed lyrical about Virgil van Dijk. He told the outlet:

“What I like about Van Dijk is that he’s never in big trouble. You don’t see him sprinting much. When he gets the ball he plays it easy. He never gets in trouble. He anticipates a lot, so that’s why it looks easy.”

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Gullit is quite the authority in football. The Dutchman’s record speaks for itself.

His praise of Virgil offers some keen insight, an insight that any Liverpool fan would have been willing to offer beIN Sports themselves.

The Reds defence was a swashbuckling disaster waiting to happen before the arrival of Big Virg. He steadied the ship when joined the club.

It’s in his song – ‘calm as you like’ – he never looks in trouble, he is a chessmaster in the heart of the defence, much in the style of Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini, he rarely has to sprint because he is always two steps ahead.

However, his abilities extend further than just his own game – he has improved every defender around him, it is perhaps his most vital attribute.

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