Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have revealed that if Jurgen Klopp had to pick his favourite Reds player, it would be Virgil van Dijk.
Both Alexander-Arnold, 21, and Robertson, 26, were back answering questions in the highly-anticipated second episode of ‘Wingmen’ which was featured on the pair’s Instagram accounts.
Their double-act social media show features the pair driving around the city of Liverpool asking questions that have been sent in popular demand by supporters.
One of the questions that was thrown in the direction of the comedic duo was who out of the entire Liverpool squad is the manager’s favourite?
In response, Alexander-Arnold said: “Virgli. He’s got a special spot for Virgil.”
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“To be fair, he likes us all,” added Robertson. “And maybe Ali as well actually. He [Klopp] has a special spot for both of them [Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker].”
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When you consider what Virgil van Dijk has brought to the club since his arrival from Southampton in January 2018, it is difficult for Klopp not to have a special spot for the inspiring Dutchman.
He played every minute of all 38 league matches that led to Liverpool’s procession to a first league title in 30 years. Van Dijk was once again a mainstay in the team clocking up 3420 minutes of competitive action to better last season’s total of 3,385 minutes.
Van Dijk’s consistency is off the charts and his durability in the team has seen his once world-record £75 million [BBC] transfer fee made to look like small change.
When you factor in the 14 league games following his arrival at Anfield, the former Southampton starlet made 77 consecutive league appearances, the equivalent of just over two full seasons, and missed just 35 minutes prior to his long-term knee injury.
The beautiful reality for Liverpool is that Van Dijk is undisputedly the best in the world in his particular field.
While normalised brilliance can be underappreciated by those who don’t regularly observe his work, Liverpool supporters know and understand too well just how transformative he has been to the club’s undisputed global dominance over the past 14 months.
He will certainly be missed while he continues his rehabilitation process following his ACL rupture against Everton last month, yet there is no doubt that supporters will be crying out for Van Dijk’s return sooner rather than later.
Fingers crossed he is back on the training ground sooner rather than later, we miss you Virg.
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