Virgil van Dijk is only going to get better, with Jurgen Klopp claiming there is ‘still a lot to come’ from the Liverpool star.
Van Dijk, the centre-back, is already regarded as the best defender in the Premier League and perhaps in the world.
He has gone from strength to strength since leaving Southampton for Anfield last January, helping the Reds keep 17 Premier League clean sheets this season on their way to just 19 goals conceded in 32 matches.
The Netherlands international is seen as a Liverpool captain in waiting – he has already worn the armband a number of times on a temporary basis – and the Reds’ biggest challenge will surely be keeping hold of Van Dijk amid interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
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He has made a clear impact on Liverpool since joining, and is already world class, but Klopp insists Van Dijk is only going to keep improving over the next few years.
“Yes he improved us, and I think he has improved as well since he is here,” said Klopp ahead of Van Dijk’s return to former club Southampton on Friday.
“That’s what you expect and what you hope for. If a player comes in you hope he makes the whole team better.
“That’s how good players are, and he’s obviously a very good player.
“He’s so important for us, not only as a player but as a person as well. I couldn’t say a bad word about him even if I wanted to.
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“He’s a different player to the one he was at Southampton. He was good there, really good, but with all the different games he’s played now, and being part of the Champions League quarter-final, semi-final, final, all that stuff, that all helps you as a player.
“And for a centre-half he is still young, there is still a lot to come. Hopefully he can stay healthy and everything will be fine.”
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