Virgil van Dijk’s performance last night has gone noticed by everyone in Europe.
The Dutchman put in a defensive masterclass, totally negating the effect of Robert Lewandowski, a world-class attacker.
He also assisted Sadio Mane’s opener and headed in the second after a heroic leap to get on the end of James Milner’s corner.
Spanish outlet MARCA were especially impressed, declaring the £75m we spent on him a bargain.
The paragraph in their analysis translates to English, like this:
“Virgil van Dijk, the most expensive defender in the world… €85m, Liverpool paid to Southampton, to buy the centre-back, a player also followed by Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea. And his performance tonight warranted the attention of greats. A prodigious leap marked the second goal from Liverpool, which put the Reds in the quarters. In the end, Van Dijk will prove cheap. He did not play the first leg by suspension, but reappeared in the return to secure the win. And with him, so did insurance in defence.”
Their not wrong. We’re just absolutely delighted we beat City to his signature, as the Premier League would be theirs without competition for the next decade!
Liverpool look likely to seen extend VVD’s contract, tying him to the club for the rest of his career.
So long as he’s marshalling our backline, we’re going to be competing for silverware year in, year out. Brilliant.