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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4000 on: December 21, 2018, 11:57:17 PM »
Virgil must be feeling really chuffed and justified in his decision to come here, literal choice of any club in the world, chose the absolute best place for him.

Almost a year since we signed him and around 18 months since he last visited Blackpool.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4001 on: December 21, 2018, 11:57:44 PM »
If weíre picking sides and I have first pick from any player on the planet...

I pick VVD has my first choice
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4002 on: December 21, 2018, 11:58:18 PM »
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4003 on: December 22, 2018, 12:00:15 AM »
Hes fucking good!  ;D
This Klopp fella, hes not bad is he?

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4005 on: December 22, 2018, 12:20:03 AM »
Hansen was a magnificent player,in his early days Paisley told him to cut out dribbling past players in his own penalty area,he was coolness personified and made the game look so easy,not many got past him.
Think VVD and Jocky probably our two best ever central defenders.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4006 on: December 22, 2018, 12:23:40 AM »
Starting to think we robbed Southampton.

Daylight robbery they call it  ;D

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4007 on: December 22, 2018, 12:26:15 AM »
Wow, he was a lion today and one of our most impressive defenders.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4008 on: December 22, 2018, 12:42:51 AM »
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4009 on: December 22, 2018, 12:45:34 AM »
What a player this lad is and I don't think there is a better centre half in world football never mind European.Thats how good I think he is.Cool as you like he`s virgil van dijk. ;D
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4010 on: December 22, 2018, 01:11:12 AM »
He stops goals, he assists, he scores. If we had a team of Virgil Van Dykes we would win the league

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4011 on: December 22, 2018, 01:44:39 AM »
So unfamiliar to hear commentators praising a defender so much during a game. They even called him 'Our Boy Virgil'.

Whether it was his tackling, passing, acceleration, heading and of course his finish for the goal.

What a beast of a player.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4012 on: December 22, 2018, 02:34:49 AM »
So unfamiliar to hear commentators praising a defender so much during a game. They even called him 'Our Boy Virgil'.

Whether it was his tackling, passing, acceleration, heading and of course his finish for the goal.

What a beast of a player.
The thing is, he is so enjoyable to watch, even for a neutral. That wasn't true of John Terry, Vincent Kompany, Vidic, etc.

Maybe it was true of Rio Ferdinand for Man United supporters, but, given our mutual enmity, we couldn't enjoy that. Both VVD and Ferdinand have this swagger as the complete defender, leader on pitch, faster, stronger, better in the air, better on the ball, than their opponents. It's just cool to watch.


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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4013 on: December 22, 2018, 02:38:51 AM »
I still chuckle when I remember reading the Southampton forum and some of their fans wondering why heíd leave them to come us ;D

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4014 on: December 22, 2018, 02:54:10 AM »
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4015 on: December 22, 2018, 02:59:51 AM »
Occasionally in Sport you get athletes that perform at a different level to their peers. That is Virgil at the moment for me. This season he has bullied every player he has come up against. Traore caused us problems tonight until Virgil well and truly put him in his place. The best bit is both players reaction. Virgil puffed out his chest and glared Traore went missing.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4016 on: December 22, 2018, 03:17:24 AM »
I still chuckle when I remember reading the Southampton forum and some of their fans wondering why heíd leave them to come us ;D


I'm loving this man. Him at the back, and Becker in goal, has to be some of the best business we've ever done.

I think I'll have to pop into the William Gladstone pub in town to watch the match more often. I've done so twice now, and stood in the very same spot. First time was the FA Cup derby. Virgil scores the winner. Second time was tonight. Virgil puts the game to bed.  ;D
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4017 on: December 22, 2018, 03:25:06 AM »
Starting to think we robbed Southampton.

Well, I've just acquired this footage of Klopp arriving at St. Mary's to sign Big Virg.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4018 on: December 22, 2018, 03:42:48 AM »
The man's a colossus. Walk around him... if you can.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4019 on: December 22, 2018, 03:46:23 AM »
Iím guessing that those who wanted Klopp/Edwards to sign an alternate CB when we werenít able to get Southampton to sell him to us are pretty happy that Klopp was willing to wait.  Must be one of the top 2-3 CBís in the world today. 

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4020 on: December 22, 2018, 07:41:51 AM »
25 years would take us back to 1993. That includes the age of Maldini, Nesta, Desailly etc. So Van Dijk isn't the only defender in that time with all-round world class ability.

If he wins some serious trophies, we can start comparing him to the best of other generations. Right now, we limit it to his own generation: Ramos, Varane, Thiago Silva, etc., and we can say that he is probably the best in the world right now.
Like I said, others such as those you mention, are far greater players in terms of achievments and longevity for sure, and that is important of course.

But if I just look at their talent and what qualities they have, Van Dijk is if not better, certainly comparable to the very best Iíve seen. Desially and Baresi might be the absolute best, Nesta is up there too of course, but Iím sure Van Dijkís overall skill as a defender is at their level, or very, very close. Weíll see if he keeps it up, but that is my impression of him during this last year.

In world football right now, I certainly wouldnít swap him for anyone.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4021 on: December 22, 2018, 07:45:14 AM »
Time for a contract extension? Not sure how many years he signed up for, but he's earned one.

The level of focus he's displaying from the first to last minute of every single game is insane. Even surrounded by players playing at a very high level, he's looking a level above them in terms of making basically no errors at all. One of very few criticisms of him before joining was that he can find games so easy that he'd occasionally switch off at vital moments, but we're not really seeing any of that. Maybe he needed the added stakes of trophies being on the line to do it, either way, long may it continue.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4022 on: December 22, 2018, 07:48:11 AM »
Is it just me or has he stepped up another level after giving away the penalty against City? Absolutely incredible player and shows we've got a great scouting team in-place.
We won't make any big signings this season and we will go back to being a top4 club.

After every second place finish we failed to capitalise and this year ain't looking much different.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4023 on: December 22, 2018, 07:56:26 AM »
He's prime Rio Ferdinand 90% of the time. And then when he needs to, he morphs into prime John Terry. He's absolutely amazing in a way that few defenders are. Maybe a more physical version of Nesta who IMO was the best defender in the world for about a decade before he aged and the next generation came through.
Ferdinand is the best Iíve seen in England, better than Terry who needed his team to play compact and defensive to be anywhere near his best. Ferdinand was great in both attacking and defensive teams, but Terry wouldnít handle a high defensive line as well as Van Dijk and Ferdinand.

Van Dijk seems like a mix of both almost, in that heís as dominant as Terry in the air (we havenít conceded a single header in the league the commentator said during the game), yet as quick and athletic as Ferdinand was.

Itís perhaps silly to compare him to alltime greats, but heís such an outstanding talent that I canít help it. Heís incredible and makes defending a joy to watch. And it is not just us who think so, even Burnley supporters said they would pay just to see him after our game against them.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4024 on: December 22, 2018, 07:59:19 AM »
Was I imagining what I wanted to imagine or when Big Virgil put on the afterburners to beat Traore to the ball did he give that little I-canít-quite-resist-it cheeky grin that he does sometimes? 😁
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4025 on: December 22, 2018, 08:02:14 AM »
Can anyone think of a weakness from VVD?
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4026 on: December 22, 2018, 08:12:39 AM »
Can anyone think of a weakness from VVD?

Iíve heard he canít resist a chocolate digestive.
Never seen him playing I think. But looks like a good player.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4027 on: December 22, 2018, 08:36:16 AM »
Early shout for player of the season

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4028 on: December 22, 2018, 08:38:57 AM »
What a player this lad is and I don't think there is a better centre half in world football never mind European.Thats how good I think he is.Cool as you like he`s virgil van dijk. ;D

Loved that duel with Traore in the second half by the touchline, any other defender in the league would have lost it. Well, maybe not Gomez, but any other defender apart from those two.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4029 on: December 22, 2018, 08:44:21 AM »
Iíve heard he canít resist a chocolate digestive.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4030 on: December 22, 2018, 08:45:42 AM »
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4031 on: December 22, 2018, 08:50:52 AM »
Iím guessing that those who wanted Klopp/Edwards to sign an alternate CB when we werenít able to get Southampton to sell him to us are pretty happy that Klopp was willing to wait.  Must be one of the top 2-3 CBís in the world today.

I had a gander through the Ďwe havenít strengthened the defenceí thread today (from around September last year) and itís honestly absolute carnage. Huge amount of criticism of the manager, the board, the owners, how we conduct transfers. Some people slagging off last seasonís summer activity (Mo, Ox, Robbo and Solanke) saying that it wasnít actually strebthing the squad because weíd lost Origi, Lucas, Sakho and Stewart  ;D. Some people in fairness saying fair enough that VVD was number one target but we should have then signed someone else. People advocating us signing Keane, Howedes, Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire. And yeah a lot of it was the usual suspects whinging, but itís nice to see how itís changed.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4032 on: December 22, 2018, 08:54:14 AM »
I had a gander through the Ďwe havenít strengthened the defenceí thread today (from around September last year) and itís honestly absolute carnage. Huge amount of criticism of the manager, the board, the owners, how we conduct transfers. Some people slagging off last seasonís summer activity (Mo, Ox, Robbo and Solanke) saying that it wasnít actually strebthing the squad because weíd lost Origi, Lucas, Sakho and Stewart  ;D. Some people in fairness saying fair enough that VVD was number one target but we should have then signed someone else. People advocating us signing Keane, Howedes, Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire. And yeah a lot of it was the usual suspects whinging, but itís nice to see how itís changed.

My favourite thread is the one when the news broke about us being accused of tapping up Van Dijk and subsequently not signing him that summer. It's brilliant.
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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4033 on: December 22, 2018, 09:00:55 AM »
My favourite thread is the one when the news broke about us being accused of tapping up Van Dijk and subsequently not signing him that summer. It's brilliant.
Obviously I'm glad that we waited, but the fact that we had to essentially because of our boasting about tapping him up reflected very poorly on the club, and was very damaging to the team. Don't think anyone can be blamed if they were seething at the time, I certainly was.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4034 on: December 22, 2018, 09:04:32 AM »
My favourite thread is the one when the news broke about us being accused of tapping up Van Dijk and subsequently not signing him that summer. It's brilliant.

Thankfully I didnít take part, but I look quite the genius around that time. Mocking Everton signing Pickford and Cuco Martina, mocking Cantona for his grandiose predictions and subsequent disappearing act, advocating us keeping Sturridge and selling Ings. What a time to be alive  8)

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4035 on: December 22, 2018, 09:09:15 AM »
Obviously I'm glad that we waited, but the fact that we had to essentially because of our boasting about tapping him up reflected very poorly on the club, and was very damaging to the team. Don't think anyone can be blamed if they were seething at the time, I certainly was.

I agree that it made the club look bad, but it didn't feel like it damaged the team a lot. Also, it seemed like it was Klopp's decision not to go after any other CB (remember all the "is Van Dijk the available defender out there better than Lovren?" shouts, it looks like the answer is yes), so it showed a certain lack of trust in him.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4036 on: December 22, 2018, 09:19:38 AM »
Iím 28 and heís possibly the best centre back Iíve seen for this club.

I'm more than double that age, and I'd agree.

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« Reply #4037 on: December 22, 2018, 09:31:28 AM »
I agree that it made the club look bad, but it didn't feel like it damaged the team a lot. Also, it seemed like it was Klopp's decision not to go after any other CB (remember all the "is Van Dijk the available defender out there better than Lovren?" shouts, it looks like the answer is yes), so it showed a certain lack of trust in him.

I'd say it did damage the team, some of our defending was horrific in the first part of last season and could easily have seen us crash out of the top four as quickly as we'd got in it like a few years ago.

That's by the by now though, the club got the job done and we've got an absolute collosus orchestrating things back there

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4038 on: December 22, 2018, 09:36:54 AM »
Ferdinand is the best Iíve seen in England, better than Terry who needed his team to play compact and defensive to be anywhere near his best. Ferdinand was great in both attacking and defensive teams, but Terry wouldnít handle a high defensive line as well as Van Dijk and Ferdinand.

Van Dijk seems like a mix of both almost, in that heís as dominant as Terry in the air (we havenít conceded a single header in the league the commentator said during the game), yet as quick and athletic as Ferdinand was.

Itís perhaps silly to compare him to alltime greats, but heís such an outstanding talent that I canít help it. Heís incredible and makes defending a joy to watch. And it is not just us who think so, even Burnley supporters said they would pay just to see him after our game against them.

I've thought the same and on pure ability (not trophies) Van Dijk looks better than both,i can see no real weaknesses in his game.

Really caught my eye at Southampton when he,coming from yards behind catches Mane who is through and prevents him from scoring.

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Re: Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool
« Reply #4039 on: December 22, 2018, 09:58:09 AM »
Obviously I'm glad that we waited, but the fact that we had to essentially because of our boasting about tapping him up reflected very poorly on the club, and was very damaging to the team. Don't think anyone can be blamed if they were seething at the time, I certainly was.

We tapped him up but it's now obvious that VD is a player that would transform our defence and thus the club.
If our scouts and Klopp could see what we all see clearly now it's no wonder they went out on a limb. Don't forget that apart from his footballing ability he is a leader.

Most clubs tap players up but somebody leaked to the press ahead of schedule but I don't blame us for trying this as he's a player in a million.

Last night after scoring his first league goal and playing majestically in defence he told Kelly he had a cold and was not 100% !  He thinks he can do better.  :o