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Jamie Carragher has hailed Virgil van Dijk as a 'freak of nature'

Liverpool fans had a tough time last season. The Reds were without a number of first team stars. It was a tough campaign to endure as a result. Our talismanic centre back is on the way back now. Jamie Carragher has hailed Virgil van Dijk as a ‘freak of nature’ and said that youngsters shouldn’t try and copy him.

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Virgil van Dijk injury

Last October the Reds headed to Goodison Park confident of a win.

We started brightly, dominating the opening exchanges.

Then the ball broke to Virgil van Dijk in the box and Jordan Pickford lunged at his knees.

Kopites were expecting a straight red for violent conduct and a penalty.

An offside decision ruled out the penalty whilst refereeing incompetence saved Pickford from walking.

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A day later we learned that Virgil van Dijk was out for the season with a ruptured ACL.

The Dutchman has been recovering well and we expect him back in the starting lineup for the opening game of the season against Norwich.

Jamie Carragher on Virgil van Dijk

The centre back obviously has his admirers throughout the game.

Jamie Carragher is a huge fan of Virgil van Dijk.

The Anfield legend has been heaping praise on the current icon. Talking to the brilliant The Tactical Times, Carra said:

“As a young centre back I wouldn’t model my game on Virgil van Dijk because he’s a freak of nature, he’s too good if you understand what I’m saying…

“His whole physical presence, how big he is, quick he is and strong he is, how effortless he is on the ball, you can’t practice that. He’s been born with gifts…

“Van Dijk could play with a cigar and still be fine.”

What RTK has to say

You took the words out of our mouth Carra.

There’s no emulating Virgil van Dijk, you can’t train that level of prowess.

He is just so in control and that stems from how his physical gifts allow him to control a back line. This man kept up with Adama Traore.

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