The Dutch midfielder has shown his role very well in defense in the past two matches of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students are confident to conquer titles in the new season.
10 point match
Coach Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students have shown a high level of performance in the new season. The season in which they have full staff in the squad and are ready to conquer noble titles. The win against Burnley was as if the Anfield team was challenging the remaining big teams when there was stability in the defence.
Accordingly, Virgil Van Dijk continued to start in Liverpool’s second match in the Premier League. If the Jota or Mane are the players who occupy the spotlight on the attack, the Dutch midfielder is the bright spot in the downline when leaving a huge mark both on the offensive front and in the defense. A match where many people witnessed the true level of Van Dijk, an almighty player.
Accordingly, when Joel Matip was on the field, Van Dijk and his teammate created a steel wall in front of Alisson Becker’s goal. If Matip is the type of central defender who always rushes to win the ball, then Van Dijk is the one who covers the back, or can be called the last stop in the defense of The Kop.
There were even times when Van Dijk had to control both two big bridges on Burnley’s side, Chris Woods and Ashley Barnes. However, the Liverpool centre-back has always shown the composure to successfully neutralize the situation when he keeps enough distance to intervene and will press more aggressively when the ball is passed.
Not only that, the fans of The Kop present at Anfield continue to see Van Dijk’s class in long passes over the line. Typical of which is Mane’s second goal.
The Dutch midfielder made a cross for Harvey Elliot and it gave Liverpool space to attack and Arnold was also very comfortable in assisting his teammate.
Virgil Van Dijk’s impeccable performance deserves the highest marks and there is no player more important than the number 4 centre-back at this moment in Liverpool.
The season worth waiting for
In the fifth round of the Premier League season 2020/21, Van Dijk suffered an unnecessary injury in the Merseyside derby when he collided with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. As a result, he damaged the ligaments of his right knee and the Dutch midfielder had to miss the rest of the season.
Then, Liverpool had a serious crisis in defense when they did not have a true leader on the field, it was difficult for anyone to take on the role of Van Dijk. More than that, the storm of trauma made Joel Matip or Joe Gomez also have to be friends with the hospital bed.
At times, The Kop had to use players playing in the position of midfield interceptors such as Fabinho or Henderson to play at centre-back. That shows how difficult it is for Liverpool, especially when they have to play in many different arenas.
Recruiting more Ben Davies or borrowing Ozan Kabak does not make the Anfield team much better, but they still try to finish in 3rd place and will do it again in the new season.
Understanding his importance at the club, Van Dijk has focused on treating the injury completely. Even this player decided not to play EURO, ready to conquer the new season with Liverpool. After 2 matches in the Premier League 2021/22, Van Dijk’s role is still there and he helps The Kop have more confidence in the title race.
In addition, the appearance of Konate in the defense helps the central defenders in Jurgen Klopp’s hands have perfect competition. Everyone wants to be on the pitch to express themselves and Liverpool have the strongest force in the squad.
A season worth waiting for Liverpool, 2 wins after 2 rounds is enough to show how strong they are. The Kop is back, other teams should watch out!
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