Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk could be the deciding factor in title race

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk could be the deciding factor in title race

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool’s colossal defender Virgil van Dijk could be the player to carry The Reds to their first league title in 29 years.

Liverpool’s former centre-half, Carragher, was speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show when he highlighted his admiration for the talents and strengths of the Dutch international defender.

Carragher said:

“Winning the Premier League is about who gets the most points and there’s different ways of getting points. Liverpool still play fantastic football, probably not as eye-catching and blistering and goals galore as Manchester City do.”

Carragher also lauded the impact Van Dijk’s Dutch teammate Gini Wijnaldum had upon his return from injury. Wijnaldum also chipped in with a brilliantly-taken goal against Bournemouth.

“But Liverpool have relied a lot this season on what they’ve done defensively, the two Dutch players were outstanding at the weekend, [Gini] Wijnaldum was back and certainly that man Van Dijk at the back what he’s done. He’s the best defender in the league.

“So we talk about the attacking players City have at the other end, Liverpool can almost match them I would say, but in terms of Van Dijk, Liverpool have the best defender.

“So Liverpool could actually win the league that way. It’s not so much about how well you play, it’s getting the three points.

“More often than not this season Liverpool have done that.”

Manchester City went back to the top of the Premier League table with their 6-0 trashing of a sorry Chelsea side at the Etihad on Sunday.

Liverpool have a game in hand now and are trailing City only on goal difference. There are sure to be a lot more twists and turns between now and the end of the season so buckle up, Reds!!

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