‘Like a steam train’: BBC Sport pundit raves about Liverpool FC’s Virgil van Dijk
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks praises Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk after his double against Brighton
Garth Crooks likened Virgil van Dijk to a “steam train” after the Liverpool FC defender scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Brighton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Netherlands international has earned a reputation as one of the best defenders in the Premier League since his move to Liverpool FC in a £75m deal in January 2018.
Van Dijk netted four times in 38 games in the Premier League table last term, but the Liverpool FC number 4 hadn’t found the net since August before the visit of Brighton on Saturday.
However, the Liverpool FC talisman made a return to goal-scoring ways in emphatic style on Saturday when Van Dijk netted two powerful headers in a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
Trent Alexander-Arnold picked out Van Dijk with pinpoint accuracy twice to put the Dutch centre-half in a great position to find the net using his head and neck muscles.
BBC Sport pundit Crooks was impressed with Van Dijk’s offensive ability in their air.
“We’ve seen Virgil van Dijk marshal his defence with grace and tackle like a steam train when needed but I have never seen him score two headers like a striker before,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“The way he took his second goal from another beautifully delivered Alexander-Arnold ball was superb. John Toshack couldn’t have put the ball into the net any better.
“Brighton were 2-0 down before they had time to draw breath. What took place thereafter was immaterial. Liverpool are far too ruthless these days to let these games slip through their fingers even with 10 men.”
The 28-year-old scored in Liverpool FC’s 4-1 victory over Norwich City in their season opener at Anfield.
Van Dijk’s double against Brighton has taken his tally to three goals in 14 games as the Netherlands star looks to better his return this term.
Liverpool FC are eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City in the Premier League title race.