If for some reason you’d previously doubted the impact Virgil Van Dijk has had on Liverpool’s defence since his arrival from Southampton in January, a revealing statistic shows just how huge an effect he has had since his signing.
League goals conceded since Virgil van Dijk made his league debut for LFC :
Real Madrid – 44
Barcelona – 32
ManUtd – 30
Bayern – 27
ManCity – 17
Juventus – 16
Atletico – 14
Liverpool – 14 pic.twitter.com/p67TVAtjEV
— Foot Mercato (@Footy_Mercato) October 31, 2018
The statistic from Twitter account @Footy_Mercato reveals that alongside Atletico Madrid, Liverpool have conceded the least amount of goals in Europe since Van Dijk made his league debut for Liverpool against Swansea back in January, letting in only 14 goals since then.
When you consider how highly criticised Liverpool were for their defending in the first half of last season, conceding 28 goals in 23 games, the impact the Dutchman has had on the defence cannot be understated.
Only four goals have gone against Liverpool in the league thus far this season and Van Dijk has played a fundamental role in that, while Joe Gomez has started to blossom into a top-class centre-back alongside him.
Some may claim Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Diego Godin or Kalidou Koulibaly as the best centre-half in the world, but with this statistic, a strong case has to be had for our defensive leader.