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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3760 on: December 7, 2018, 12:01:23 PM »
Doesn't get involved in the niggly stuff. Like pushing and shoving, squaring up to players or getting in the referee's face. Keeps the yellow cards to a minimum.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3761 on: December 7, 2018, 01:38:00 PM »
Doesn't get involved in the niggly stuff. Like pushing and shoving, squaring up to players or getting in the referee's face. Keeps the yellow cards to a minimum.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3762 on: December 7, 2018, 06:15:05 PM »
After watching him this season.  Arguably one of Liverpool most effective signings in the last 5 years.  Been lacking for soooo long. The solid CB we can build around.  Plays for the cause.  I dont think the world class term flying around is way off.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3763 on: December 7, 2018, 06:30:47 PM »
After watching him this season.  Arguably one of Liverpool most effective signings in the last 5 years.  Been lacking for soooo long. The solid CB we can build around.  Plays for the cause.  I dont think the world class term flying around is way off.

He's clearly World Class.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3764 on: December 7, 2018, 08:37:57 PM »
Doesn't get involved in the niggly stuff. Like pushing and shoving, squaring up to players or getting in the referee's face. Keeps the yellow cards to a minimum.

Like mentioned before, he doesn't have to. Do we ever see him go into a sliding tackle? Never needs to. I'm running out of superlatives to describe him really. I honestly think it's a shame he was still playing at Southampton at 26.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3765 on: December 7, 2018, 10:54:18 PM »
Doesn't get involved in the niggly stuff. Like pushing and shoving, squaring up to players or getting in the referee's face. Keeps the yellow cards to a minimum.

Are you talking about Jocky or Virgil Van Dijk?
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3766 on: December 7, 2018, 11:26:51 PM »
Like mentioned before, he doesn't have to. Do we ever see him go into a sliding tackle? Never needs to. I'm running out of superlatives to describe him really. I honestly think it's a shame he was still playing at Southampton at 26.

Yeah, but the way he plays, I could see him being a top class CB at 35+.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3767 on: December 8, 2018, 10:37:49 AM »
Under the entry for imperious in the dictionary, there's a picture of this guy :D

Without any hyperbole, I'd say he's been the best signing (bar Sami!) I can recall in my 30 odd years of supporting Liverpool. Absolute leader of men.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3768 on: December 8, 2018, 02:43:21 PM »
Has more clean sheets for Liverpool than goals conceded.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3769 on: December 8, 2018, 03:07:34 PM »
Van Dijk being incredible is so routine that people wrote about Matip instead. The mark of a world class player, he helps elevate those around him. And in Virgil and Alisson we have two world class players that it’s almost unfair
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3770 on: December 9, 2018, 01:39:09 AM »
The man is simply irreplaceable.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3771 on: December 9, 2018, 01:44:04 AM »
£75m was a bargain.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3772 on: December 9, 2018, 01:52:09 AM »
It's interesting if he can ever win Ballon D'Or. I don't remember it given to any defender but Beckenbauer. But I'd cross my fingers for him, he's worth it.

Late to this, but Cannavaro won it in 2006. All he had to do was captain Italy to the World Cup in a basically flawless performance.  ;)

Virgil was great again today, of course, and it doesn't seem to matter who we slot in next to him, they step up. Waiting for Klopp to move Milner to centerback at some point...

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3773 on: December 9, 2018, 04:06:37 AM »
Late to this, but Cannavaro won it in 2006. All he had to do was captain Italy to the World Cup in a basically flawless performance.  ;)

Virgil was great again today, of course, and it doesn't seem to matter who we slot in next to him, they step up. Waiting for Klopp to move Milner to centerback at some point...
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3774 on: December 9, 2018, 07:51:21 AM »
We’ve not had a better centre half since Hyypia.

Any chance of a title hope will hinge on him and one or two others staying fit

Fantastic player, best player in his position right now in this league and arguably any other

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3775 on: December 9, 2018, 08:17:46 AM »
Van Dijk being incredible is so routine that people wrote about Matip instead. The mark of a world class player, he helps elevate those around him. And in Virgil and Alisson we have two world class players that it’s almost unfair

We've waited years to have such players  in our team.  The rest of the league can go suck it.  :)

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3776 on: December 9, 2018, 08:54:17 AM »
£75m was a bargain.
Both he and Alisson have made their transfer fees irrelevant, and I just don't mean their performance.  I mean in relation to the media, who have not had any opportunity to use the fees against them.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3777 on: December 9, 2018, 09:17:25 AM »
He signed for Barca yet?


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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3778 on: December 9, 2018, 11:09:44 AM »
Nah, he will be a Red Legend   :wave :wave :wave]     



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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3779 on: December 9, 2018, 11:19:59 AM »
Disappointed he's not scored a thundering header yet this season.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3780 on: December 9, 2018, 06:41:36 PM »
Disappointed he's not scored a thundering header yet this season.

Oh its coming. Tuesday would be nice or against the mancs Sunday or City away.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3781 on: December 9, 2018, 09:40:14 PM »
Oh its coming. Tuesday would be nice or against the mancs Sunday or City away.

Why not in all three?

Surely he will connect with one soon.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3782 on: December 10, 2018, 11:31:23 AM »
Oh its coming. Tuesday would be nice or against the mancs Sunday or City away.

It's true to say that if Shankly had told us to invade Poland we'd be queuing up 10 deep all the way from Anfield to the Pier Head.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3783 on: December 10, 2018, 05:14:39 PM »
He's started to pick up the end of year gongs already...

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Spoiler: Virgil van Dijk is F365’s player of 2018

With apologies to whoever writes Football365’s annual list of the greatest players of this calendar year, I am unashamedly giving away the ending. The wizard is just a man speaking through a microphone, Roger Kint is Keyser Soze, Tyler Durden is not real and Virgil van Dijk is our player of 2018. The man who finished eighth in 2016 after a stellar year with Southampton will finish first in 2018 after a phenomenal year with Liverpool. He has been nothing short of magnificent.

Last year’s list contained just one centre-half – Cesar Azpilicueta – amid a general bemoaning of the standard of defending in the Premier League and beyond. Our winner was Kevin De Bruyne and Daniel Storey noted that ‘most impressive are the immeasurables’ while other players had scored or assisted more. The immeasurables are equally – if not more – impressive with the Dutchman, who is almost unbeatable in the air and pretty damned good on the ground too. He is a mass of contradictions – physically a colossus and yet wonderfully elegant, predictably reliable and yet surprisingly excellent, demanding all the attention and yet disappearing into the background.



Rest of article: https://www.football365.com/news/spoiler-virgil-van-dijk-is-f365s-player-of-2018

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3784 on: December 11, 2018, 10:17:26 PM »
That yellow card’s a disgrace!
It looks to me as if we have signed another 'average' player. I'll hold back my complete opinion until I see the lad play

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3785 on: December 11, 2018, 10:22:27 PM »
That yellow card’s a disgrace!
that was my initial thought, but after watching the replay you can see why the ref gave it.. studs up into the shin after getting the ball.
did i hear the comms right that he will miss the next game?.
back to the game itself, he was a monster..money well spent and well worth klopp waiting for him and not buying  stop gap
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3786 on: December 11, 2018, 10:28:41 PM »
Such a cool guy, so calm the whole time. He only runs if he needs to, his positioning is spot on. I LOVE HIM.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3787 on: December 11, 2018, 10:30:51 PM »
that was my initial thought, but after watching the replay you can see why the ref gave it.. studs up into the shin after getting the ball.
did i hear the comms right that he will miss the next game?.
back to the game itself, he was a monster..money well spent and well worth klopp waiting for him and not buying  stop gap

He will miss the next game, but having finished 2nd that match will be at Anfield where I'd fancy us against pretty much anyone in Europe anyway.

Big Virg will be back to marshall us in the away second leg

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3788 on: December 11, 2018, 10:33:12 PM »
that was my initial thought, but after watching the replay you can see why the ref gave it.. studs up into the shin after getting the ball.
did i hear the comms right that he will miss the next game?.
back to the game itself, he was a monster..money well spent and well worth klopp waiting for him and not buying  stop gap
Almost like the one on Gomez which everyone has been  saying was fine

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3789 on: December 11, 2018, 10:36:35 PM »
Our best player once again. A truly exceptional defender.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3790 on: December 11, 2018, 10:39:02 PM »
That performance after the yellow card.

Utter, utter class. Never saw anything like it.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3791 on: December 11, 2018, 10:41:13 PM »
Almost like the one on Gomez which everyone has been  saying was fine
Much much better tackle than that one considering it happened in the middle of the pitch and in a situation where that was his only recourse. The Gomez was by the corner and he was scissored after the ball was won suggesting that the ball was much closer and didn't need a slide.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3792 on: December 11, 2018, 10:42:24 PM »
Almost like the one on Gomez which everyone has been  saying was fine
No malicious intent, clearly won the ball first and his follow through went into a player running at full pelt (i.e. he really couldn't have known Mertens was going to be planting his foot there at the split second his follow through landed).  That said, he did hit Mertens on the ankle so for me it's probably a yellow.

Compare and contrast Mertens reaction though - triple roll and acting as though he'd broken his leg - to Salah after Koulibably hit him late on the top of the foot.  Salah got up, rubbed his foot and got on with it even though he was clearly in a lot of pain.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3793 on: December 11, 2018, 10:43:38 PM »
It boggles my mind that with a front line of Salah, Mane and Firmino fans are heaping praise on Van Dijk and Alisson. In most teams a CB and a keeper would not shine with that attacking line, but these two are both truly, truly special!
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3794 on: December 11, 2018, 10:51:20 PM »
That performance after the yellow card.

Utter, utter class. Never saw anything like it.

That performance today was like Hyypia at his best, loved it.
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« Reply #3795 on: December 11, 2018, 10:53:54 PM »
It boggles my mind that with a front line of Salah, Mane and Firmino fans are heaping praise on Van Dijk and Alisson. In most teams a CB and a keeper would not shine with that attacking line, but these two are both truly, truly special!

They both make up the true bedrock of our team right now. Just those two. They’re are exceptionally good at what they do defensively and in goal, of course. What sets them apart is their intelligence and the fact they’re two of the most attack minded players in their positions I’ve ever seen. Truly exceptional quality on the ball, intelligence, and a keen eye for a goal scoring opportunity. You don’t normally get those skills together with world class craft on the defensive/goalkeeping side though. And that i havent seen before.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3796 on: December 11, 2018, 10:57:47 PM »
That yellow card’s a disgrace!
Of course it wasn't.

He was great though, other defenders shirk a bit after a yellow, but for him being the colossus he is, he played like it was nothing.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3797 on: December 11, 2018, 10:58:53 PM »
His leadership qualities are something else, love the way he drags up standards

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3798 on: December 11, 2018, 11:00:33 PM »
The yellow card was justified. And so was that Mee tackle on Gomez. Nowhere in the rules it says that if you win the ball is not a foul, just different refs interpret it differently.

But as BazC said,
That performance after the yellow card.

Utter, utter class. Never saw anything like it.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #3799 on: December 11, 2018, 11:02:37 PM »
His leadership qualities are something else, love the way he drags up standards

The extended discussion, with an undoubted few expletives tossed in, between him and Hendo was hilarious...
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