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Van Dijk delighted with ‘important’ win at Palace

Van Dijk delighted with ‘important’ win at Palace

Van Dijk, however, has claimed that the Merseyside outfit will not get carried away by the favourable start so far and also revealed that it will take a combined effort from everyone if they are to achieve unparalleled success.

John Aldridge in a newspaper column wrote of the leadership qualities of Van Dijk, "I've played against Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Paul McGrath, those type of players - who were enormous at the time, so I can understand what Benteke would have been feeling".

What makes the win so interesting is that with Crystal Palace's attacking mindset, they were unable to find a way past the Liverpool defence which now look assured with their record signing Van Dijk at the helms.

"I don't know a lot of defenders in the world that can defend Christian Benteke 100 percent of the time, clearly without a foul", Klopp told reporters. He's the man to step into the positon Vincent Kompany has had over the last four seasons as that leader and colossus.

Liverpool have managed nine clean sheets in Van Dijk's 16 Premier League appearances for the Reds, and now Jamie Carragher believes he can write his name in history among the very best defenders to have played for the club. Though he now plays in a three-man midfield in Jürgen Klopp's 4-3-3, many of his responsibilities are similar to those he shouldered so well in Germany.

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"If Liverpool under [Jurgen] Klopp win something big, and Van Dijk is at the centre of it, he should be disappointed if he's not alongside Hansen when people talk about the great Liverpool centre-backs".

'There isn't another centre-back that ticks nearly every boxes in terms of presence, pace, strength and ability on the ball.

"Obviously we know it is going to be a very tough season so we need to be confident but not underestimate anyone".

Over the last three seasons, Liverpool's goals against in Premier League games is 76, just to add context to the poor period the side suffered.


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