Rio Ferdinand praises Virgil van Dijk for embracing Liverpool FC pressure

The Man United legend has been impressed with how Virgil van Dijk has performed since his world record move

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher and Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Rio Ferdinand has been impressed with Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk’s ability to embrace his world record price tag.

The Reds were linked with a move to sign the Netherlands international in the summer transfer window but a deal failed to come to frutition.

Liverpool FC made a fresh attempt in January and the Merseyside outfit reached a £75m agreement with Southampton for the Dutch centre-half.

Van Dijk impressed in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win against Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.

The former Celtic star recovered from Gabriel Jesus’ early goal to marshal the Liverpool FC defence in a 2-1 win at The Etihad despite coming under heavy pressure.

Liverpool FC have kept seven clean sheets in their last 11 games in all competitions, while Van Dijk has helped to bring out the best in goalkeeper Loris Karius and centre-half partner Dejan Lovren.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand lavished praise on Van Dijk for his performances since becoming the world’s most expensive defender back in January.

“It was a huge price tag that brought pressure. But he comes with a huge presence and it seems like he’s got the attitude to take that on and become the main man in this defence,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and are on course to finish in the top four in successive seasons under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds are looking to win the Champions League crown for the first time since 2005.

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