There’s no doubting Virgil van Dijk’s incredible contributions to club and country. The Dutchman has a commanding presence in the back line that helps to bring the best out of everyone playing alongside him. He has done well when given the opportunity to wear the captain’s armband.
The current owner of that armband, Jordan Henderson, made a point, on BT Sport, to praise not only van Dijk’s footballing talent, but also his leadership off the pitch.
“I couldn’t speak highly enough of him as a player,” Henderson said. “Of course, everybody knows how good he is and what he’s done over the last couple of years as a team, he’s been immense. He’s won his individual awards and rightly so. He’s an unbelievable defender, an unbelievable player.
“But for me, he’s brought something huge off the pitch. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him off the pitch and the type of man and person that he is. He’s an incredible person, a great leader to have in the dressing room and he’s given everybody a big boost from the first minute that he came in.
“Every day it’s a pleasure to be around him, [he’s] always smiling, always in a good frame of mind and he’s had a huge impact in the dressing room and on the pitch since he’s been at the club.
“He does things properly, leads by example and I’m just delighted for him [with] how he’s been playing and getting all the awards that he’s been getting because it’s well deserved and he deserves everything he gets.”
Van Dijk seems to be an all around pleasant and genial guy when he’s not making opposing players look like fools on the pitch. If my grandma was still alive, she would call him a “good egg.”
Some have identified him as a future Reds captain. Certainly Klopp thinks he has what it takes. His influence has been evident since he scored against Everton on his debut for the Reds.
Sound off in the comments below. What do you think about this van Dijk fellow? Is he worth the hype?