VVD explains his thought process for his defending on Sissoko & Son

Virgil van Dijk’s defending late on for Liverpool yesterday will be looked back upon as a pivotal moment if we end up winning the Premier League title.

With Liverpool throwing bodies forward at 1-1 in search of a winner, Spurs broke, thanks to a superb Harry Kane pass – with Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son closing down on Alisson’s goal and only our no.4 between them.

Instead of stopping a shot, as most defenders would do, van Dijk allowed Sissoko the ball until the last minute – closing off the passing option of Son completely.

By testing the Frenchman’s bottle, van Dijk eventually forced Sissoko to have a go on his left – which was a brilliant decision considering Tottenham’s midfielder blasted over.

“When I saw Son, I knew he would score if he got the ball, so i forced Sissoko onto his left foot to shoot,” van Dijk said after the game.

Journalist James Nalton expanded on van Dijk’s interview:

There really is no central defender anywhere near van Dijk’s level on this planet.

If he can maintain this kind of form until the end of the season, we have a brilliant chance of winning either the Premier League or the Champions League – and maybe both.

Not a bad position to be in, right?