BBC Sport pundit raves about ‘stellar’ Liverpool FC star

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks gives his glowing verdict on Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk (Photo: EA Sports)

BBC Sport‘s Garth Crook has praised Virgil van Dijk for his “stellar performance” in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 victory at Burnley last weekend.

The Netherlands international played a key role in Liverpool FC’s first clean sheet of the season in the Premier League after a rocky start to the campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Van Dijk managed to keep a handle on Burnley’s nuisance striker Ashley Barnes to ensure Liverpool FC left Turf Moor with maximum points to maintain their position at the top of the league.

The Liverpool FC star was named Uefa’s Player of the Year and the Champions League’s Defender of the Year in Monaco last week to cap what has been a special 2019 for Van Dijk so far.

However, the former Southampton defender received another accolade at the start of this week when BBC Sport pundit Crooks named Van Dijk in his team of the week.

Crooks went on to explain his decision in his weekly column on BBC Sport:

“It was only a matter of time before Virgil van Dijk resumed his place in my team of the week.

“This week the Dutchman has been indulging himself at award ceremonies with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I suppose if you are going to be among the best players in the world these events must be attended.

“However it was nice to see him exchange his tuxedo for the familiar away colours of Liverpool Football Club against Burnley and turn in a stellar performance. For Van Dijk, this game was a stroll in the park.

“Good to have you back in my team of the week, Virgil.”

Liverpool FC finished with the best defensive record in the Premier League last season after the Reds conceded just 22 times in 38 games.

Klopp’s side are sitting in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

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