Stan Collymore admits Liverpool FC star has proven him wrong

The Liverpool FC legend praises Virgil van Dijk's impact on the Merseyside outfit

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

Stan Collymore has admitted that he didn’t expect Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk to become such a great defender.

The Reds signed the Netherlands international from Southampton after a protracted pursuit of the 27-year-old last year.

Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world following his £75m switch in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk helped to steady the Liverpool FC defence and steer the Reds to a respectable fourth-placed finish last term.

The Dutch centre-half was a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s team in their run to the Champions League final before a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.

Van Dijk has continued to exert his influence at the start of the current campaign after Liverpool FC kept three successive clean sheets.

Former Liverpool FC striker Collymore described Van Dijk as a “Rolls Royce” following his excellent performance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton.

“Virgil Van Dijk is just a Rolls Royce of a central defender,” Collymore told the Daily Mirror.

“I didn’t think he would be that good. I remember Celtic fans saying a few years back by the time he had played only five or six games for Celtic that this guy will go on and is going to be one of the best defenders in the world.

“I spoke to him after the game on Saturday and said to him since he came to the club Liverpool have had the best defensive record and asked how much of that is down to him.

“He knows he can play at an elite level and he is starting to show it so that is another big green tick.

“He is much better than Dejan Lovern and Ragnar Klavan.

“He is the most effective centre-half Liverpool have had since Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher.”

The Reds signed AS Monaco star Fabinho, RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and AS Roma’s Alisson in the summer.

Liverpool FC were 4-0 winners against West Ham United in their season opener at Anfield before a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

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