Jamie Carragher: Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk reminds me of Man City ‘colossus’

The Liverpool FC legend heaps praise on Virgil van Dijk after his performance at Crystal Palace on Monday night

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

Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk is ready to succeed Vincent Kompany as the Premier League’s best centre-half.

The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window to bolster the Liverpool FC defence.

Van Dijk played a key role in their run to the Champions League final after the Dutch centre-half helped to shore up their leaky back four.

The 27-year-old has helped Liverpool FC to keep successive clean sheets to make a positive start to the Premier League season.

The Reds were 4-0 winners against West Ham United in a one-sided clash at Anfield in their opening fixture of the new campaign.

Liverpool FC were handed a sterner test on Monday night against Roy Hodgson’s robust Crystal Palace team.

The Reds eased to a 2-0 win over the Eagles courtesy of goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane at the end of both halves.

However, Van Dijk was named the man of the match for his performance against former Liverpool FC striker Christian Benteke.

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes the Reds have a top quality centre-half on their hands.

“I can’t think of anyone better,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He is the man to step into Vincent Kompany, who has been a colossus.

“He has to win the big trophies. That’s part of the team. If Liverpool under Klopp are to win something big, he’d be a major part of it, he should be disappointed if he isn’t along Hansen.

“There aren’t many centre-halves at Liverpool who tick every box.”

Liverpool FC will welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday.

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