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Carragher: Van Dijk can become Liverpool legend

Carragher: Van Dijk can become Liverpool legend”

Most of the acclaim has been reserved for Virgil van Dijk after two commanding displays from the giant Dutch centre-back in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on the opening weekend of the season and a much closer fought 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Liverpool spent in the region of £75million ($129m AUD) to lure Van Dijk from Southampton in January and the Netherlands worldwide has helped address the club's weaknesses in defence, while leading the Reds to last season's Champions League final.

The stats echo Klopp's sentiments becuase, since Van Dijk's arrival, no club has conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets than the Reds. And speaking after the match, Nicol said van Dijk has lead a transition amongst the Liverpool defence.

"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. They are very similar as players - there is nothing they lack.

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.

Since arriving at Anfield in January, Van Dijk has significantly improved Liverpool's backline and the 27-year-old played a key role in his side's route to the Champions League final last season.

"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".

"You think of the presence, the pace, the strength, ability on the ball".

"But obviously we are trying to work hard every day and hopefully we are going to keep on building on this and just keep going - that's the only thing for it and be positive". We know how hard it is to come here, so to win and keep a clean sheet as well, I'm a very happy man.

"Liverpool's Premier League rivals who had a chance to sign him from Celtic will be kicking themselves for not taking him seriously".



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