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.
— Tom (@_TomLFC_) August 9, 2019
Ballon Dor incoming
— Stephen Fleming (@StephenF319) August 9, 2019
Watch him defend and we watch him score..
— Judy (@JudyJaz) August 9, 2019
Dutch Harry Maguire
— Adam Hennessey (@9_Hendo) August 9, 2019