Virgil van Dijk is probably the best centre-half in the world right now and he’s finally got trophies to back it up.
It was always the problem with the claims – he hadn’t actually won any major European trophies.
There was the Scottish Premiership, sure, but you need to have won on the biggest stages before you can put yourself among the elite.
Victory in the Champions League showed his class, however, and he only narrowly missed out on adding the Nations League to that in the summer.
Liverpool beat Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup to add another medal in midweek and while the Champions League is clearly more meaningful, Van Dijk is making a habit of winning.
But while the trophies back it up, it’s what Van Dijk does on the pitch that makes people believe he’s the best in the world.
In truth, it’s hard to pinpoint a flaw in his game – he’s capable of the lot.
He can defend one on one, he’s a monster in the air, he’s quick and he’s accomplished on the ball.
As the fans sing, ‘He’ll pass the ball, calm as you like’ and he demonstrated that perfectly against Southampton on Saturday.
In the second half, Van Dijk chased back alongside Nathan Redmond as a ball dropped over the top.
Instead of just clearing it, the Dutchman plays a first-time, overhead volley straight to James Milner.
It was an unbelievable piece of skill – one of the best passes you’ll see all weekend.
Check it out below:
Calm as you like— Hesham Mane🦁 (@Hesham8LFC) August 17, 2019
He’s Virgil van Dijk pic.twitter.com/uayB2GS6f4
He couldn’t have made such a difficult skill look any easier.
Liverpool would go on to win the game 2-1, despite a terrible mistake by Adrian that let the Saints back into the game.
But Van Dijk and co. held off the push for an equaliser to maintain their 100% start in the Premier League.