Rio Ferdinand raves about ‘influential’ Liverpool FC star

Rio Ferdinand lavishes praise on Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Virgil van Dijk for the impressive impact he has had since arriving at Liverpool FC earlier this year.

The Netherlands international has been settling into life at Anfield after having signed for the Reds from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk has established himself as a regular fixture in the first team at the Merseyside outfit and he has helped to shore up the Liverpool FC defence alongside summer signing Alisson Becker in goal.

The 27-year-old has made one assist in 16 Premier League appearances so far this season and has been earning lots of praise for his solid displays.

He helped Liverpool FC to to keep a clean sheet as they claimed a 1-0 win over Napoli and booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from the Netherlands international so far.

Speaking in an interview with BT Sport on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said: “[He is] an absolute calming on this Liverpool team, not just on the back four.

“I’d go as far as to say he’s the best defender they have had in the Premier League era – I think his influence has been that big.

“You always felt Liverpool were going to concede goals and they were vulnerable at the back.

“As soon as he put his foot in the door that changed. That’s the amount of effect he has had.

“[And] I think there is still even more to come from him.”

Van Dijk will be expecting to start for Liverpool FC when the Reds return to Premier League action with a crunch clash against old foes Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

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