‘Phenomenal’, ‘head and shoulders above’ – Liverpool star praised for world class Palace display

Posted by

Virgil van Dijk further buried doubts over his world record price-tag for a defender with another outstanding display as Liverpool overcame Crystal Palace at Selhurt Park.

The Dutchman played a formidable role in helping the Reds secure a 2-0 win and back-to-back victories to start the new Premier League season.

Palace striker Christian Benteke proved to be no match for the centre-back, who asserted an uncontested authority from the off on Monday night.

Besides combatting the hosts’ aerial threat in expert fashion, Van Dijk was also a leading advocate of Liverpool’s ball retention and efforts to dictate the tempo of the game.

He also served as a calming presence alongside the superb Joe Gomez, with the pair teasing more glimpses of forming an exciting partnership.

Liverpool’s record signing remained unnerved, untroubled and displayed a level of dominance not seen from a centre-back at the club in a long time.

His performance marked fresh evidence that Jurgen Klopp’s men are far-better equipped to mount a serious title challenge this season.

Here’s what Reds had to say…

How Liverpool now breakdown teams; In-depth tactical discussion with gifs, time-stamps & more – as Klopp looks to beat the Bus Parkers

More Stories Crystal Palace Liverpool Virgil van Dijk