Why is Virgil Van Dijk so underrated?

Why is Virgil Van Dijk so underrated?

When does a player become too good that people start to underrate their performances? In Virgil van Dijk’s case, it was almost immediately after he moved to Liverpool. Though he went on to claim the PFA Player of the Year in his first full season at Anfield, many put that down to the hype surrounding him. The fact he was the world’s most expensive defender for a period of time meant all eyes were on him and, to the annoyance …
PFA Player of the Year: Who should win it?

PFA Player of the Year: Who should win it?

The PFA Player of the Year award really isn't something we should fret over - it's just an award at the end of the day. Us football fans are not logical human beings, however, so it should be no surprise that it is dominating topics of conversation while the Reds dismiss everyone that stands in their way. It would be boring if we had nothing to argue about, wouldn't it? First thing's first, a Liverpool player will surely take home …
A Team of Rocks Polished Into Diamonds

A Team of Rocks Polished Into Diamonds

Ask anyone who the most transformative presence at Liverpool football club has been over the last decade, and the answer will be unanimous. Jurgen Norbert Klopp. However, while it’s practically indisputable to say that the German has done the best job of any recent Premier League manager, it’s often understated exactly how he got there. Liverpool being the best football team in Europe at the moment has become normalised, in a way that no reasonable Liverpool fan could’ve expected. Everything …
World-class Gomez showing why fan patience is priceless

World-class Gomez showing why fan patience is priceless

Liverpool's 1-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup has to go down one of the most memorable Merseyside derbies of all time. It may not have been the Premier League, which clearly takes precedence this season, but the nature of the victory was a mixture of hilarious and commendable. For such an inexperienced Liverpool side to overcome their full-strength local rivals was an astonishing effort, when defeat looked on the cards prior to kickoff. While Curtis Jones earned the …
What now for Joe Gomez?

What now for Joe Gomez?

It seems very strange to say now, but it’s been nearly a year since Joe Gomez was Liverpool’s first choice centre-back. The 22-year-old had well and truly established himself as Virgil Van Dijk’s partner by this time last season, and he started 12 of Liverpool’s first 15 Premier League games last season, as well as four of the Reds’ five Champions League group stage matches. He was still being used rotationally as a right-back to rest Trent Alexander-Arnold, but there …
Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

Four Years of Jurgen Klopp - Part 5: Klopp 4-0 Impossible

This month marks four years since Jürgen Klopp took charge at Anfield and began the process of transforming the Reds into one of the most dominant teams in world football. You can read the previous entries in the series below: Part 1: Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Part 2: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool  Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund Part 4: Spurs 4-1 Liverpool Now for the final entry... Liverpool 4-0 FC Barcelona - 7 May 2019  Liverpool XI: Alisson, …
Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 4: The Black Comedy

Four Years of Jürgen Klopp - Part 4: The Black Comedy

This month marks four years since Jürgen Klopp took charge at Anfield and began the process of transforming the Reds from Premier League also-rans into one of the dominant teams in world football. I’ve been reminiscing about some of the crucial games and moments that have stood out over that period. You can read the previous entries in the series here: Part 1: Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion Part 2: Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool  Part 3: Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund …
How Trent Alexander-Arnold Has Become Klopp's de Bruyne

How Trent Alexander-Arnold Has Become Klopp's de Bruyne

No, for the love of God, Trent Alexander-Arnold is not as good as Kevin de Bruyne. Just examine the radar below, courtesy of understat.com, for evidence of that. Kevin de Bruyne, under Pep Guardiola, is a phenomenon, involved in everything Manchester City do on a football pitch. Without him, as evidenced by the performance against Wolves, they lose their incisors, they lack the ferocity, and they are without one of the best footballers on the planet right now. Good, now …
Player ratings as Liverpool see the Blades fall on their 'keeper's sword'

Player ratings as Liverpool see the Blades fall on their 'keeper's sword'

We're going to have to start playing a little better if we want to win the league, but seven wins from seven and I'm happy. After four away games I'm excited to get back to Anfield on Wednesday for the Champions League, however first there are some player ratings to attend to. Imperious Virg Adrian (7): Makes a couple of really good saves that would normally push him up to an eight. Unfortunately, his kicking let him down with a few …
Lacklustre Liverpool Survive Scare To Cement Top Spot

Lacklustre Liverpool Survive Scare To Cement Top Spot

A fortuitous Georginio Wijnaldum volley secured a hard-fought victory for Liverpool away to Sheffield United. The Dutchman's goal, which was borne from a goalkeeping mistake, saw the Reds cement their place at the top of the table, with the European Champions now seven wins from seven this season. Liverpool’s slow starts to early kick off’s is well-publicized and it proved to be the case again at an atmospheric Bramall Lane. The Reds opening salvos were compounded by several poor touches, …
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