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Virgil van Dijk

According to Liverpool legend John Aldridge, Virgil van Dijk may not be our club’s captain but he plays with the authority of a captain (h/t the Express).

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge said (h/t the Express):

“Virgil van Dijk is on another planet.”

“What you need when you play a team like Crystal Palace is a centre-back like who is capable of taking it all. Van Dijk did that at Crystal Palace on Monday night, and then some.

“There are games I have played in where the centre-back has been fantastic and read everything. You don’t get the service that you thrive on and it frustrates you.

“While Christian Benteke has gone so far backwards from his days at Aston Villa that it’s ridiculous, he can still be a handful if you let him get on top of you. Van Dijk is a man-mountain. He’s not even Liverpool’s captain, but he IS the captain, if that makes sense.”

Liverpool ground out a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday night, thanks to James Milner’s penalty on the stroke of half-time and Sadio Mane’s late strike. While Milner and Mane were on the scoresheet, one cannot ignore Van Dijk’s contributions in the game as he kept the towering Benteke at bay.

Since making the switch from Southampton to Liverpool in January, Van Dijk has impressed for the Reds, helping our side to two consecutive clean sheets so far this season. Liverpool’s defence were long criticised before Van Dijk’s arrival but since his league debut, we have looked composed and organised at the back.

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Van Dijk has essentially solved Liverpool’s defensive conundrum and while our other defenders have done their jobs too, the Dutch colossus has been the catalyst. It isn’t just Van Dijk’s aerial ability that has made all the difference to the Reds though, it’s his presence and the calmness he exudes too. Our team isn’t a soft touch anymore.

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(Video) Liverpool sends fans down memory lane with memory of fantastic goal



Fabio Aurelio Liverpool

Liverpool pulled a rabbit out of the hat by signing Andy Robertson from Hull City. The Scot wasn’t a big name then and didn’t cost us much but he has been incredible since breaking into the first-team.

The newly appointed Scotland captain is easily one of the best left-backs in the world and is only getting better with game time.

Although Liverpool have finally signed a dependable left-back, that wasn’t the case for many years as Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique never seemed to fulfil their potential.

The Reds were a little unlucky with one player and that was Fabio Aurelio, the Brazilian. The former Valencia player was a Red for six seasons but made just 87 appearances in the Premier League.

The left-back was known for his incredible delivery and had a fantastic moment or two. His goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford is one of our greatest moments post the Champions League win in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006 and the Reds wished the 38-year-old on his birthday.

The Brazilian was great at set-pieces but his injuries prevented him from reaching his potential. Rafa Benitez got the best out of the now 38-year-old but the defender had to retire a few years ago as injuries caught up to him.

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Former Liverpool star claims he wants to play under this manager



Kevin Keegan Liverpool

Kevin Keegan’s managerial career can be remembered for his rant against Manchester United and slumping behind the advertising hoardings after Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3.

The former England star was one of the best during his time as he picked up a couple of Ballon d’Ors and won numerous titles as a player for the Reds.

Keegan certainly knows a thing or two about winning trophies and in a recent interview with the Guardian, the former England captain added that out of the current managers, he would love to play under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds play attacking football but Keegan claimed he saw a bit of himself in Klopp and hence, would have played under our manager.

“I’d have to go for [Jürgen] Klopp because he’s like me.”

“He is going to tackle someone one day.

“I was very close to it [too]. When someone was breaking away and it was near the touchline, and I was stood there, I was very close one day to bringing him down. I really was.”

The 67-year-old is right about Klopp’s passion for the game and that is one reason why we are doing so well. The German has turned us into one of the best sides in the country and it is time for him to break his trophy duck at Anfield.

Read more: Former World Cup winner wants this German superstar to join Liverpool

The Reds last won a trophy in 2012 but with Klopp at the helm and the players producing incredible performances, we may have something to cheer about at the end of the campaign.

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“Wasn’t his best goal”, “He scored better” – Some Liverpool fans are certain Puskas had better goals last season



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah came third in the best men’s player category at the recent FIFA awards but the Liverpool star did pick up the Puskas Award for the best goal of the season.

The winning moment came against Everton on 10th December 2017 as Salah jinked past a couple of players before curling the ball into the net.

The effort was adjudged to be better than Gareth Bale’s strike against us in the Champions League final and Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Juventus in the same competition.

Salah was on a tear last season as he broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the competition. The forward had a number of magical moments and a few fans were convinced this wasn’t the Egyptian’s best goal of the season.

There were brilliant efforts against Watford and Tottenham that come to mind. The 25-year-old hasn’t been on fire this season but the award should come as a handy boost for the remainder of the campaign.

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