In the last few seasons, Liverpool have looked very extraordinary, being champions of the European Champions League and now just a bit more champions of the English League.
Behind this fact, there are several holders of vital roles, of course one of them is coach Jurgen Klopp. The German manager came back in 2015, and slowly turned Liverpool into a respected team again, both in England and in Europe.
Among players, there are many consistent figures. The most visible one might be the Trio Firmansah consisting of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. All three led Liverpool to become champions of the European Champions League last season through goals flushed.
However, club legend Michael Owen believes that defender Virgil Van Dijk is the most vital player in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
“Van Dijk is clearly the most important player in the Liverpool squad. His presence is also able to make other players look impressive, “said Owen.
Van Dijk was bought by Liverpool from Southampton in the winter transfer window in January 2018 for 75 million Pounds Sterling. In its inaugural season, he took Liverpool to the European Champions League Final.
It was only in his second season, or last season, that the Dutch national team defender brought Liverpool to the championship after beating Tottenham in the Final. The back line commanded by him has also proven increasingly solid. The presence of Van Dijk on the field makes the appearance of other players more solid.
Before the arrival of Van Dijk, the only point that became Liverpool’s weakness was their defense. In other words, the former Celtic player was the last piece needed by the Marseyside team to be competitive again and compete at the top level.
No wonder it was not Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane who took the podium in the top three Ballon D’Or in 2018 yesterday, but Virgil Van Dijk.
This season, the Dutch national team defender again appeared fierce. He led Liverpool on the verge of a league title, with only two wins to seal the trophy. Unfortunately, the Premier League competition is being suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic.