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Virgil van Dijk’s superhuman powers prove he’s the best centre-back in the Premier League

The Liverpool man showed a previously unseen side of his game to cement himself as the very best

It’s like he was constructed in a laboratory.

Liverpool have mastered the art of making world record transfer fees look like bargains.

Virgil van Dijk is the perfect example of this and performance of the Dutch juggernaut against Wolves further cemented his position as the best centre-back in the Premier League.


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Sliding into first place like

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Sliding into first place like

Jurgen Klopp’s side navigated through a tricky away test against Wolves with Van Dijk the star on top of the Liverpool tree.

Not only did he marshal the Reds back line expertly as he has done all season, giving Wolves’ forward players no space throughout the 90 minutes, he sealed his world class performance with a well taken goal.

Van Dijk was on the end of a Mo Salah cross to expertly slot the ball past Rui Patricio and seal all three points for his side.

It was a moment where time just seemed to standstill.

It was coolness personified.

Salah sprinkled some gold dust over his teammate

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Salah sprinkled some gold dust over his teammate

In a performance littered with quality, the pinnacle of it was surely his monumental effort to keep tabs on Wolves winger and part-time sprinter Adama Traore.

The former Barcelona prospect is widely regarded as the quickest player in the league and his devastating speed has claimed the careers of many defenders in the past.

Van Dijk however was determined not to end up in the Traore graveyard and went toe-to-toe with him in a moment that made you question everything you thought you knew about football.

The ball was played through to Traore who took Andrew Robertson out of the game with his first touch

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The ball was played through to Traore who took Andrew Robertson out of the game with his first touch

A one-on-one battle then ensued between the winger and Van Dijk

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A one-on-one battle then ensued between the winger and Van Dijk

In some remarkable scenes the Liverpool man somehow matched up with Traore for pace

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In some remarkable scenes the Liverpool man somehow matched up with Traore for pace

Van Dijk got ahead of Traore and disposed him before laying the ball back to Alisson and leaving his opponent on the ground

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Van Dijk got ahead of Traore and disposed him before laying the ball back to Alisson and leaving his opponent on the ground

The remarkable show of speed from Van Dijk ticked off the final attribute we had yet to see from the defender since his £75m move from Southampton in January.

He’s a freak of nature and without doubt an early contender for the Player of the Season award.


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