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Jamie Carragher reveals the one thing Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk must do to be “one of the best”

By J Smith

Published: 20:49, 9 August 2019

Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk only has to add more goals to his game to become “one of the best”.

The Dutchman has had a remarkable effect on Jurgen Klopp’s defence since joining from Southampton in January 2018, managing to go through the entire 2018/19 Premier League season without being dribbled past.

Van Dijk fired Liverpool 3-0 in front against Norwich in their Premier League opener on Friday night and after the goal, Carragher called on the centre-back to produce more of the same in the future to go down as a great.

“I’ve always felt like Van Dijk should get more goals,” he said.

“He’s a statue of a man. We all know he’s some defender but if he adds more goals to his game, there’s no doubt that he is going to go down as one of the best.”

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An almost perfect first half saw Klopp’s men take a comfortable 4-0 lead, despite some adventurous attacking play from Norwich, with a Grant Hanley own goal, a Mohamed Salah strike and headers from Van Dijk and Divock Origi putting last season’s Premier League runners-up in complete control.

The only blemish on the first 45 minutes was goalkeeper Alisson Becker leaving the field through injury shortly before half-time, being replaced by Adrian after going down in pain while taking a goal-kick.

Liverpool fans react to Van Dijk goal

The way in which Van Dijk shrugged off Norwich defender Jamal Lewis to head home Liverpool’s third goal on Friday was a perfect illustration of the strength and power of the Holland international.

And, of course, fans on Twitter were quick to give their best reactions to the thunderous header.