Liverpool: van Dijk, alpha male – Football

Fully recovered from his serious right knee injury, Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk was impressive against Inter Milan (2-0) on Wednesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League. A very high-flying performance from the Dutch international who gave his opponents no chance.

Virgil van Dijk, man of the match against Inter.

Rupture of the cruciate ligaments is one of the worst injuries for a professional footballer. Some take a very long time to recover. Others sink permanently.

And then there is a third category of players who give the impression of never having spent months on the sidelines. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is part of this caste, in which we also find Virgil van Dijk (30 years old).

The spite of the Inter strikers

huge since the start of the season, the central defender of Liverpool has recovered very well from his serious injury which occurred in October 2020. des Champions won by the Reds (2-0), Wednesday in Lombardy. It’s simple, the former Southampton player, rated 7/10 and read man of the match by the Maxifoot editorial team (see Dbrief and Notes here), repelled absolutely all Italian offensives, without possible exception. Like Alexander the Great against the Persians, the Batavian control tower was heartwarming from the first to the last minute.

Renowned for his cleanliness, the colossus oranje has also distinguished himself on two actions which perfectly characterize his psychological, physical and technical domination over his opponents. In the first period, he managed to make Lautaro Martinez lose his means in a duel at 40 meters, giving the impression of getting into his head. On returning from the locker room, he showed disconcerting ease in regaining his two-meter deficit on Edin Dzeko, whose face showed spite after this one against a loss.

Ltal on the field, cynical outside

Just look at van Dijk’s statistics to understand how impeccable he was: 7 clearances (1st), 3 interceptions (2nd), 50 successful passes out of 53 (1st Liverpool, 2nd in the match), 7 successful crosses over 8 (1st), 5 aerial duels won out of 7 (1st), including the one that brought the goal of Mohamed Salah’s break, but also no fouls conceded and no one-on-one duel lost. A real Red recital, which has the added advantage of making his central defense buddy, in this case, Ibrahima Konat, much better.

Real bulletproof vest for Alisson Becker, who did not manage a single shot on target in 90 minutes, van Dijk was even more cynical at the end of the meeting with an icy speech. Everyone expected to be under pressure. Inter are a very good team. You had to be ready to suffer, do the dirty work and everyone did it. It’s a good result, a clean sheet, a good evening, recognized the solid rock of Liverpool in the mixed zone. We understand better why Jrgen Klopp considers him his most important player.

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