Jurgen Klopp has explained why Virgil van Dijk is so good – saying it came as no surprise that he slotted in so quickly at the club.
Via LiverpoolFC.com, he said: “Has he been everything I expected? Absolutely. From the first second, he was brilliant.
“It is easier for a centre-half coming in and playing; the adjustment to the rest of the team is not that massive. It is much more difficult for a midfielder because there’s more to do and you don’t see the situations that clear.
“He has been brilliant since he has been with us. I knew long before he signed the contract that he would be outstanding as a player. The mix of both [playing and leadership] makes him outstanding.”
Van Dijk will need to be on top form in the coming weeks, starting in the Merseyside derby against Everton this afternoon.
He, of course, scored the winner the last time we faced the Blues at Anfield, and another goal today would be more than welcome.