Mark Lawrenson names ‘super player’ who has improved Liverpool FC

The Liverpool FC legend hails Virgil van Dijk as a "super player" ahead of the Champions League final

Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Mark Lawrenson has hailed Virgil van Dijk as a “super player” after his impressive performances at Liverpool FC.

The Netherlands international completed a £75m switch to Liverpool FC from Southampton in the January transfer window to become the world’s most expensive defender.

Van Dijk has made an effortless transition to the Liverpool FC team under Jurgen Klopp to help the Reds reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2007.

The Dutch centre-half has made Liverpool FC more defensively resilient and has allowed the Reds to secure a fourth-placed finish in successive Premier League seasons.

Van Dijk will face his biggest test in a Liverpool FC shirt so far when the Reds line up against current holders Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday.

Liverpool FC have beaten Portuguese side FC Porto, Premier League champions Manchester City and Serie A giants AS Roma in the Champions League knockout stage so far.

Former Reds defender Lawrenson heaped praise on Van Dijk for his impact at Liverpool FC ahead of this weekend’s Champions League showpiece.

“He’s just a really super player,” Lawrenson told Paddy Power.

“He’s really improved Liverpool and he’s just got everything you want in a centre-half.”

Liverpool FC haven’t won the Champions League since 2005 when the Reds beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.

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