Jamie Carragher makes big Liverpool FC claim about Virgil van Dijk

The Liverpool FC legend believes Virgil van Dijk has already secured iconic status at Anfield

Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk with Jamie Carragher Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Jamie Carragher has claimed that Virgil van Dijk is already one of Liverpool FC’s greatest-ever centre-halves.

The Netherlands international has been a huge hit at Anfield since his club record move to Liverpool FC from Southampton in January 2018.

Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the world after Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp finally landed a key signing earlier this year.

The 27-year-old has helped to transform the Liverpool FC defence over the past 11 months alongside summer signing Alisson Becker.

In a remarkable turnaround, Liverpool FC’s defence is now being described as the strongest component of Klopp’s team despite the back four being a liability less than a year ago.

Van Dijk has helped Liverpool FC to keep eight clean sheets after the Reds conceded just five goals in their opening 13 Premier League games.

The £75m January signing was unable to help Liverpool FC avoid a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in mid-week.

However, Van Dijk will be hoping to lead the Reds to a derby day win against Everton on Sunday.

Carragher, who is considered one of Liverpool FC’s great defenders of the past decade or two, believes Van Dijk has already secured legendary status at Anfield.

“We will be talking about Van Dijk as we do John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness – Liverpool legends who from the moment they put on the shirt imposed themselves on the team and club to elevate everyone else,” Carragher told the Daily Telegraph.

“Moreover, should Van Dijk prove the difference between Liverpool going close to and winning major trophies he will join the list of the club’s greatest centre-backs.

“Playing centre-half for Liverpool brings inevitable comparisons with some of the best ever – Ron Yeats, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen.

“Van Dijk can even surpass some of those names to ensure future generations talk about him in the same glowing terms.”

Van Dijk’s only Liverpool FC goal came in a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup third round back in January.

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