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Garth Crooks praises Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool v Chelsea display

Liverpool fans will feel frustrated this bank holiday Monday. The Reds dropped two points against a 10-man Chelsea side on Saturday evening. Despite the result we saw some strong performances. Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk for his display against Chelsea.

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Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield the two sides had identical records from their first two games.

At the final whistle the two sides still had identical records.

Kai Havertz put the West London side in the lead when his looping header evaded Alisson Becker’s fingertips.

Thereafter the Reds slumped for a while, the wind taken out of their sails.

However, just before halftime the scores were levelled.

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Reece James was sent off for handling the ball on the line and Mo Salah converted the penalty.

Expectedly, Thomas Tuchel dug in for a point in the second half.

Despite some bright passages of play Chelsea managed to hang on for a draw.

Garth Crooks on Virgil van Dijk

The Reds may have done all the attacking but Jürgen Klopp’s talismanic centre back was still important.

Back to his best following an horrific knee injury, our number four was in fine fettle against Chelsea.

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk, writing in the BBC Team of the Week:

“The Netherlands international is slowly but surely coming back to the boil. Not only is he commanding his own penalty area again, he is venturing forward more and becoming a threat in the opposition box. Defenders like Van Dijk come around once in a generation.”

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Kopites feel much more secure with the Dutchman back in the lineup.

He calms everybody down, from his teammates to the fans in the stands.

Virgil truly is a generational talent and we’re lucky to have him.

He hasn’t even entered his peak yet, who knows what we’ll see from him in the coming years.

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