The defender came to Liverpool 12 months ago and his influence on the field was enormous
It is undeniable that Liverpool has become a much better side since they signed Virgil van Dijk a year ago.
His £ 75 million transfer to Liverpool was completed on January 1, 2018 from Southampton and the Reds have not looked back since.
The statistics are available to support his phenomenal impact and prove that he is worth the price tag.
Let us remember what some people thought of the money that was paid for the Dutch international and how he proved that they were wrong.
"I thought Van Dijk was a good player in Southampton," said Gary Neville. "But I did not think he was worth £ 75 million, and I did not think he would have the impact on Liverpool's defense that he had."
The wise words of Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock who left the opportunity to sign Van Dijk earlier in his career.
"I think Sol Bamba is a bit better than van Dijk, defensively sensible," Warnock said at the time of the transfer. "Van Dijk has better attributes on the ball, but I do not think he is a better defender than Sol Bamba."
Warnock saw the more funny side of it more recently: "Van Dijk – I'm glad he plays like he is.
"We could have bought it for £ 6 million in Palace, but my chief explorer told me he was too slow. I think he is still in a job! & # 39;
& # 39; DO NOT IT IT & # 39;
Paul Pogba blasted by ex-Liverpool man before & # 39; showboating & # 39; and his celebrations
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Chelsea & # 39; s line-up late January with Hummels, Fekir and a new striker?
Liverpool has by far the best defense in the Premier League this season. Only eight goals against 20 matches is baffling. The least amount they have received in a Premier League season is 25, so they are well on the way to destroying that.
The next best record is that of Manchester City and Chelsea with 16.
It is no coincidence that the defense of the Reds got better after they had signed van Dijk.
For his first game, Liverpool conceded 1.2 goals per game and kept a clean slate in only 32% of their games.
Since they signed it, the goals per game rate have dropped to only 0.5 and they have kept clean sheets in 57% of the matches.
He missed only one game this season in all leagues for the Reds and played at almost 35 minutes of their Premier League and Champions League games.