Golden Boot winner can't believe how good Liverpool player is amid 'huge' Henderson claim
Virgil van Dijk is nearly “back to his very, very best” at Liverpool, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on the 30-year-old for his performance in the 3-2 loss at West Ham on Sunday.
Van Dijk made 90.3 per cent of his attempted passes, two interceptions and two blocks while winning four of his aerial duels at the London Stadium. (WhoScored)
As quoted by Anfield Watch (11th November), Reds captain Jordan Henderson hailed the “huge” impact of the “incredible” Van Dijk’s return.
Phillips stressed the difficulties of returning from an anterior cruciate ligament injury such as Van Dijk’s.
“Van Dijk is getting back to his best,” he told Football Insider.
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“It takes a bit of time to get back up to speed when you’ve had an injury like his. He’s been out for an awful long time.
“At times Liverpool got bullied by West Ham, throughout the game really. But, whenever Van Dijk got faced up against [Jarrod] Bowen or [Michail] Antonio he came out on top. Nobody got past him at the weekend.
“Tactically, that high line was questionable at times. They probably should have dropped, especially for that third goal. These things happen though.
“I think Van Dijk is still one of, if not the best, out there. Not one person breezed past him in that game. That suggests to me that it won’t be long before he is back to his very, very best.
“It was a poor performance from Liverpool on the whole though.”