'He finds it so easy' - Sky pundit drools over Liverpool ace who'll go to new level next season
By Richard Parks
Tony Cascarino has insisted that Virgil van Dijk is destined to be one of the world’s outstanding centre-backs – and will be even better next season.
The Sky Sports pundit, who has a regular slot on the network’s Premier League daily show, was wowed by the dominant figure in the Liverpool defence in the wake of their performances in the Merseyside giants’ Champions League semi-final triumph over Roma.
The Holland international played the full 90 minutes of both legs, which Liverpool won 7-6 on aggregate to book a place against Real Madrid in the final on 26 May.
“Van Dijk has all the technical qualities to be one of the best centre backs in world football,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “The way the Liverpool player towered over Edin Dzeko to head a couple of balls clear last night was mightily impressive, as was the way that he comfortably outsprinted the Roma striker to snuff out danger and pass the ball back to the goalkeeper.
“The one thing that Van Dijk needs to add to his game is concentration: he can cruise through matches because he finds it so easy, which happened a few times when he was playing for Celtic and Southampton. I’m sure he can do that and improve even more next season.”
Football Insider verdict:
Cascarino’s verdict on Van Dijk is spot on. Pick your brand of luxury car, and you could apply it to the giant Dutchman – Rolls Royce, Bentley, you name it. His super-smooth displays are so impressive and yet so effortless at the same time. He can not only win a heading contest against one of the world’s best tower forwards, but also beat him in a running race and also ping 60 yard passes on to a six pence. He is a serious talent, and is starting to look excellent value for the £75million Liverpool forked out to Southampton for him in January. Talking of which, his winter capture and early-season absence for the Saints is working out beautifully in the Merseysiders’ favour. While other players are looking leggy and knackered, Van Dijk looks as if he could play a Champions League semi-final every other night.