Former Chelsea captain John Terry hails Virgil van Dijk, while chatting to beIN Sports about the Premier League title race.
Liverpool are heading into the penultimate game of the Champions League group stages off the back of a 4-0 win over Arsenal against a Porto side that they beat 5-1 in Portugal.
With key players like Thiago and Fabinho back from injury and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota in dangerously hot form, John Terry admitted that out of Manchester City and Liverpool, he’s more afraid of the Reds beating Chelsea to the Premier League title.
He said: “Out of the two, I have to say Liverpool look a threat. I just think they have got so many goals going forward.
“Defensively I look at Van Dijk and think, I am not sure who gets past him. We all have an off day, which he will, but at the same time they look very solid.”
He then compared the Liverpool attackers to the forwards he played with at Stamford Bridge, saying: “That threat up front – we had it Chelsea years ago with Drogba, Robben and those type of players.
“You feel like you’re going to outscore other teams.”
Liverpool are the league leaders in terms of goals scored with 35 to Chelsea’s 30, but the Blues are much better defensively this season with just four goals conceded in 12 games.
After a clean sheet against Arsenal, and with Fabinho back to protect the back four, Liverpool should be able to make strides defensively. With Virgil van Dijk getting back to his unbeatable best, the Reds will be more confident in defensive scenarios.
It’s an absolute breath of fresh air to have van Dijk because, even though he has been a bit sluggish at times, his worst game is the average centre-back’s best.
He also gives Liverpool another dimension in attack as he can launch the ball from the six-yard line to the other side of the pitch with unerring accuracy.
Mo Salah is more often than not the beneficiary of his unbelievable distribution.