"Ballon d'Or favourite Van Dijk is an educator", says former Liverpool Manager

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 12:44pm

By Francis Whiteley

Roy Evans says Virgil brings so much more to Liverpool than just his defensive capabilities

Virgil Van Dijk is a titan at the back for Liverpool. He patrols the six yard box like a sentinel, getting a foot in, and frequently sticking his head in where it hurts.

His performance against Brighton was textbook centre half play: he was defensively solid but also chipped in with two goals, and always looked a threat off set plays.

Van Dijk is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or this season, and it's easy to see why - he is the best defender on the planet. But the defender has far more to his game than just positioning and brilliant technical ability.

Speaking to Love Sport Radio, former Liverpool manager Roy Evans said that Van Dijk's greatest gift is as a leader and educator.

"He's got a bit of everything. It's great that he scored two goals against Brighton, and he's a phenomenal footballer, and that's a brilliant thing. But the biggest thing he brings to Liverpool is that he talks to everybody".

"He's the one organising, me makes sure, he sorts out the back four, telling them to close people down, get hold of the ball, whatever. He's the boss on the pitch. The more of those type of players you have, the more the team comes together".

"It's not that he's giving people stick. He might have to wake them up every now and again, but to be fair he gives everyone who plays around him a boost. Liverpool have had a few problems with the back four, but Virgil Van Dijk has improved everyone who has played alongside him by talking to them".

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