Gary Neville: Liverpool FC’s Virgil van Dijk reminds me of Man United legend

The Man United legend likens Liverpool FC centre-half Virgil van Dijk to Red Devils defensive icon Jaap Stam

By James Westwood
Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Gary Neville has likened Liverpool FC centre-half Virgil van Dijk to Manchester United legend Jaap Stam.

The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a world record fee for a defender in the January transfer window.

Liverpool FC spent £75m on the Dutch defender after the Merseyside outfit were finally able to agree a fee with Southampton.

Van Dijk played a key role in Liverpool FC’s run to the Champions League final after the Reds beat FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma.

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

Van Dijk was particularly impressive up against Christian Benteke on Monday night as Liverpool FC eased to a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Stam was a huge hit at Manchester United between 1998 and 2000 after the retired Dutch defender helped the Red Devils to win the treble in 1999.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes there are similarities between Stam and Van Dijk.

“The performances are immense,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He is a far better defender than I thought he was.

“His impact was far greater that I thought it would be. He reminds me of Jaap Staam in terms of levels of his performances.”

Liverpool FC signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho, RB Leipzig star Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the 2018 summer transfer window.

The Reds are in second place in the Premier League table.

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