Virgil van Dijk sums up his class by casually heading the ball to himself before easy no-look pass – but it’s no match for Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren

The best footballers make the game look simple, almost like they’re not even trying.

Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi: all are effortlessly capable of doing things nobody else can manage.

And the same applies to Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren. Just look at that touch…

Jokes aside, Lovren’s Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk is someone who actually does make the game look way too easy.

As opposed to the Lovren clip, the Reds tweeted out a video which does deserve genuine recognition last night.

During the 3-1 victory over Brighton, Van Dijk was forced to deal with a bouncing ball, under pressure, facing his own goal.

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Van Dijk never looks troubled or rushed for time

There are usually two options in this scenario: use your goalkeeper, or just punt the ball into Row Z.

But the Dutchman casually heads the ball over the onrushing Aaron Connolly, who looks slightly bewildered, and spins before releasing the ball with a no-look pass, just because he can.

It’s been another stellar season for Van Dijk, who has shown himself not only to be the Premier League’s best defender, but also one of its most skilled footballers.

The Dutchman has averaged a staggering 85 passes per game this campaign, which includes an average of five accurate long balls per match.

Although Van Dijk is the main reason Liverpool have kept 15 clean sheets this season, most attacks also start with him.

Back in December, Danny Murphy told talkSPORT the Reds defender is as good on the ball as anyone in Europe.

Is there anything Van Dijk can’t do?

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Is there anything Van Dijk can’t do?

“He’s a wonderful footballer,” Murphy said. “This isn’t a guy who’s just heroic defensively, he’s also a wonderful passer of the ball.

“Sometimes Liverpool’s best attacking play can come from him. Remember the pass he hit in Munich for Sadio Mane’s goal [in the 2018/19 Champions League]? That wasn’t a flash in the pan. His distribution is the best I’ve seen from a centre-half in many years.

“This isn’t just about destructive, defensive play and keeping clean sheets. This is about footballing ability and his eye for a pass is as good as anyone’s in Europe.”




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