Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hailed Virgil van Dijk as the player who has impressed him the most this season from the Reds.
The 40-year-old told Sky Sports that the Dutch international has completely revolutionised Jurgen Klopp's back four, and has made such an impact that he has changed the way the opposition view Liverpool.
When asked who has blown him away the most this season from the Reds, Carragher immediately said: "Virgil van Dijk.
"I think Liverpool look really solid, and they have since he came in. Opposition teams now look at Liverpool and they don’t see that weakness defensively they’ve seen before in Klopp’s team."
Van Dijk arrived at Anfield from Southampton in January for a record £75m fee, making him the most expensive defender in football history.
Many baulked at the cost of the transfer, but there is no denying that the former Celtic star has completely transformed the Liverpool backline.
It's time to accept that Virgil Van Dijk is the best CB in the Premier League. His aerial presence, his long range passing, and his ability to command an entire backline are unrivaled. VVD is a step above.— ¹⁰ (@ClinicaIEden) September 30, 2018
The 27-year-old has emerged as arguably the Merseyside club's key player in just under a year of being at Anfield, showing enough leadership to have earned him the armband occasionally.
His impact and assured style has even allowed youngster Joe Gomez to flourish alongside him, turning a player who used to be known as a fringe player at full-back into a commanding centre half.
I hope it’s not getting lost in the middle of this Liverpool run and the fact he’s playing alongside Virgil van Dijk...but, my god, Joe Gomez looks like a Rolls Royce of a centre back right now— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) September 29, 2018
After the pair expressed frustration at being subbed against Chelsea, van Dijk said they should get used to it, or 'they better leave'.
Carragher certainly knows what he's talking about having been imperious at the back for the Reds for almost two decades.