Liverpool have made some excellent signings during the FSG era. Recruitment has been revamped under the American owners with data driving the club’s decisions. One player stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of instant impact. Micah Richards has hailed Virgil van Dijk as possibly the greatest Premier League centre back of all time.
Liverpool sign Virgil van Dijk
In 2017 Liverpool assembled their modern fab four.
Mo Salah was signed from AS Roma and he linked up with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho to form a ridiculously lethal quartet.
The four stars were unstoppable together but we only had them together for a few months.
Coutinho was sold to Barcelona for an eye watering £142m. He was a big loss.
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However, the pain of his departure was eased by the arrival of a towering Dutchman by the name of Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds brought the centre back in for £75m from Southampton and he made an instant impact, netting a header on his debut against Everton just days after signing.
Within six months the defender had led us to the Champions League final in Kiev.
A year later he had taken us one step further, commanding his defence to European glory.
And one year after that he marshalled a defence to the Premier League title.
Micah Richards on Virgil van Dijk
There are plenty of debates about the defender’s place in footballing history.
He recently (and controversially) missed out on becoming the first defender to win the Ballon d’Or since Fabio Cannavaro.
Speaking on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Micah Richards heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk.
Whilst debating the top 10 defender’s in Premier League history, Richards said of the Reds’ star:
“He could be the greatest. I think he could. Maybe a bit late, he’s had his injury. Instant impact. There’s no question marks is there, he can do everything.”
What RTK has to say
Oh how we’ve missed him.
Virgil van Dijk’s absence this term has been a season defining factor.
His leadership has been a big loss but also his pace and reading of the game.
Without him our high line and high press isn’t as effective.
Previously we could always count on him to catch up with any long ball over the top, we could count on him to read those runs.
Now we are leaking goals and unable to close out games.
Furthermore, his passing from the back has been a big miss; his ability to pick out one of the forwards on the counter is unrivalled.
Fingers crossed he comes back better than ever, we need him next season.