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Leading Liverpool and untouchable one-on-one - Van Dijk in Opta numbers

Leading Liverpool and untouchable one-on-one - Van Dijk in Opta numbers

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted he is not daunted by the challenge of trying to stop Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

Netherlands global Van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75 million last January, has helped Jurgen Klopp's side establish the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Van Dijk has managed to bring out the best in his fellow defensive colleagues Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez. The same month Van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal, against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Dutch footballers have claimed two of the most prestigious prizes in English football at the PFA Player of the Year Awards.

Miedema had also been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award but that went to Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway.

"In the air, as you'd probably expect from a defender that's 6'3", Van Dijk is utterly dominant.

That Liverpool are competing in the latter stages of the Champions League once again comes as little surprise to Virgil van Dijk.

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He also became the second Man City player to win the award in a successive year, after Leroy Sane won it last season.

The Reds will play the first leg of their semi-final away in Catalunya, before deciding the tie in front of their own fans in Anfield on May 7.

"Yeah, I think he is the best player in the world, I have said that before", he said. "It's special. I'm very proud and honoured to win", Van Dijk told Sky Sports.

I think he is the best player in the world.

The former Bayern Munich player hit the opener as Arsenal secured the WSL title with a 4-0 win at Brighton's Amex Stadium, in front of a new league-record crowd. I think we've had an unbelievable year, especially with winning the league today.

Consequently, Liverpool find themselves challenging for the Premier League title and the Champions League, in which they play Barcelona this week on Wednesday at Camp Nou.

Special Achievement award victor Houghton, 31, is set to lead the Lionnesses at this summer's World Cup in France, having won 104 caps for her country to date.


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