Rio Ferdinand opens up about Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool FC

Rio Ferdinand heaps praise on Virgil van Dijk for his solid performances for Liverpool FC

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk for the way in which has has adapted to life at Liverpool FC under Jurgen Klopp.

The Netherlands defender has been settling into his new surroundings at Anfield after having signed for the Reds from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool FC in the summer transfer window but a switch failed to materialise last year.

However, he was finally confirmed as a Liverpool FC player in January and he has since been a regular fixture at the heart of the Reds’ defence in recent weeks.

Van Dijk has made nine Premier League appearances for the Reds since his move and has shown himself to be a calm figure in the centre of Liverpool FC’s defence.

Most recently, he produced another solid performance to help Liverpool FC claim a 2-1 win over Manchester City and seal their place in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has admitted that he has been very impressed by the way Van Dijk has been settling into life at Anfield following his big-money transfer.

Speaking to BT Sport on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said: “What I like about him in recent weeks is that he’s done all of the basics of a defender very well.

“[He has] cleared his lines, marshalled others around him, and made others look better around him too.

“That’s very important and it’s something that has been missing from this Liverpool squad for many a year.

“He has come in and shown some very calm moments. When you’re calm, it feeds through to the team.”

Liverpool FC host Bournemouth on Saturday night.

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