Danny Murphy claims Virgil van Dijk is the perfect central defender he has EVER seen – and even higher than legendary Premier League stalwarts similar to Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.
Liverpool have been dealt an enormous blow over the weekend after it was confirmed Van Dijk requires surgical procedure on an ACL damage and will miss the rest of the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
The Dutchman’s absence is a large blow to the reigning Premier League champions, and doubts have been solid over their title credentials now he’s set for a chronic spell on the sidelines.
“I used to be very lucky to play with Rio Ferdinand in his pomp with England,” Murphy informed talkSPORT. “He was one of many best possible centre-halves I’ve ever seen as effectively.
“However Van Dijk for me is the total bundle. There are not any weaknesses in his recreation.
“I believe his lengthy vary passing was higher than Rio’s however we’re splitting hairs. We’re speaking Eva Mendez and Jennifer Lopez!’”
“The one factor that Van Dijk doesn’t have is longevity as a result of Rio and [John] Terry performed over a decade and received trophies in that point. That’s what Van Dijk has obtained to do.”
Tony Cascarino informed Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast that Van Dijk is ‘irreplaceable’ for the Reds and dropping him is ‘an enormous blow they won’t overcome’.
“What’s the loss? Simply have a look at the stats, the stats are ridiculous,” he stated. “With Van Dijk within the group and with Van Dijk out of your group, it’s a totally completely different facet.
“You’ve misplaced a passer, an important header of the ball, you’ve misplaced a goalscorer – solely Patrick van Aanholt has obtained extra Premier League objectives as a defender  since Van Dijk joined Liverpool .
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“Each a part of his recreation is a large loss for Liverpool, and to discover a substitute is not possible as a result of he’s the perfect defender on the planet.
“It’s a loss you’ll be able to’t clarify in 5 minutes, in the event you have a look at the numbers in each division, objectives conceded, video games received and misplaced with him within the group, it’s such an enormous loss, he’s irreplaceable.
“It’s an enormous blow that I don’t suppose they’ll overcome. It’ll value them the title. I can’t see them successful it now.”