Dietmar Hamann names the Liverpool FC star who’s transformed the team
Liverpool FC legend Dietmar Hamann talks up Virgil van Dijk's impact at the Anfield side
Dietmar Hamann believes that Virgil van Dijk deserves credit for transforming Liverpool FC into genuine Premier League title challengers.
The Netherlands international was named the PFA player of the year after his assured performances throughout the Premier League season.
Van Dijk became the first defender to win the award since arguably one of England’s greatest-ever centre-halves, John Terry.
Liverpool FC signed Van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the 2018 January transfer window after the Merseyside outfit’s lengthy pursuit of the Dutchman.
Under his influence at the back, Liverpool FC now boast the best defence in the Premier League as they chase the title this season under Jurgen Klopp.
Indeed, Alisson Becker has already kept 20 clean sheets this season, becoming just the fifth goalkeeper to achieve that in the Premier League.
And former Liverpool FC midfielder Hamann believes that Van Dijk is the key figure behind the Merseyside outfit’s impressive improvement over the past 12 months or so.
“The fact is that he is the reason why Liverpool have become the side they have become,” Hamann told the Racing Post.
“Yes, Jurgen Klopp’s team are full of goals, but they would never have challenged had they not improved defensively and Van Dijk has been a towering addition to the back line.
“Not only does he look invincible and completely in control, but he has improved all those who play alongside him. That Liverpool defensive unit is a raw and relatively inexperienced one but it has been transformed by Van Dijk’s presence.
“It has been observed that he could be crowned the best player in the league without actually having won a trophy, but that’s being churlish.”
Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most-expensive defender in the world when the Merseyside outfit signed the Netherlands international in a £75m deal from Southampton in 2018.
However, the former Celtic defender has already repaid a large chunk of his fee with his imperious performances throughout the current campaign.