Sami Hyypia raves about Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool FC
The Liverpool FC legend heaps praise on club record signing Virgil van Dijk
Sami Hyypia has praised Virgil van Dijk for his impact on the Liverpool FC team after his world record move.
The Netherlands international completed a £75m switch to Liverpool FC from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window.
Van Dijk’s price tag made the 27-year-old the most expensive defender in the world after Liverpool FC were willing to pay a club record fee.
The Dutch centre-half wasted no time improving the Reds defence and even managed to help Jurgen Klopp’s side reach the Champions League final in his first five months at the Merseyside outfit.
While Liverpool FC lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the showpiece, Klopp’s side have established themselves as genuine title contenders this term.
The Reds have only conceded 15 goals in 26 games in the Premier League, while Liverpool FC have kept more clean sheets than any other top-flight team after 14 shutouts.
Van Dijk is already on his way to becoming one of the best Liverpool FC defenders of the Premier League era alongside legends such as Jamie Carragher and Hyypia.
Former Finnish defender Hyypia discussed Van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool FC over the past 13 months.
“I saw it right away when he came that he would be a very important part of the team,” Hyypia is quoted as saying by Liverpool FC’s website.
“Straight away he was organising the defence, he was the leader at the back, and as time has gone on he is even more important. He gives confidence to the players and makes many other players play better.
“It is very difficult to find a weakness. He is an ultimate centre-back and it would be a pleasure to play alongside him he is so good.
“He is so calm on the ball, he never seems in a hurry and he trusts his skills on the ball. It was the right decision [to sign him] because he is so important for the team, it doesn’t matter how much he cost.”
Liverpool FC are in second place in the Premier League table but level on points with Manchester City.
The Reds will take on Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday.