Jurgen Klopp has applauded Virgil van Dijk for his influence in Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux on Friday night.
The Dutchman purred to another imperious display in potentially troublesome weather conditions as the Reds ensured they would remain top of the Premier League over Christmas.
His unwavering authority proved a familiar thorn in the hosts’ counterattacking approach, particularly when it came to their efforts to exploit Adama Traore’s pace on a slippery surface.
Besides holding fort in typically commanding fashion, he was also at hand to notch his side’s much-needed second goal after latching onto Mohamed Salah’s cross.
Though Klopp refrained from going into too much detail, the German couldn’t hide his delight over another standout day for the club’s record signing.
Speaking after the match, he said: “He is in a good moment and very important for us and hopefully it can stay like this,” per the Guardian.
“The workrate in general is outstanding with how we defended. I love the boy but the two in front [Jordan Henderson and Fabinho] have to run a lot more to make it easier for the centre-halves and they did it again.”
“The win was deserved and Virgil played a proper part in that.”
The defender produced a clinic on how to combat the speed of Traore, with one particular second half duel seeing him match the Spaniard in a foot race before out-muscling him with ease.
Were it not for a string unforced errors from his teammates, it would have been a far quieter night for the former Southampton man.
Van Dijk and Liverpool now boast 11 clean sheets in the Premier League so far this campaign and sit four points above Manchester City ahead of their rivals’ clash with Crystal Palace.
Talking about Van Dijk means talking about the most talented Liverpool centre-back most fans will have seen in their lifetime.