Former Liverpool and Wigan striker Emile Heskey has compared Virgil van Dijk to the club legend, Jamie Carragher.
Carragher enjoyed a decorated Liverpool career where he won the Champions League, two FA Cups and three League Cups in a trophy-laden 25-year spell at the club. And Heskey who played with Carra has seen some similarities in both players.
In a recent interview via Sky, Heskey said: “When you look at Van Dijk and when you look at Liverpool, in essence, they haven’t had that leader I would go as far back as Jamie Carragher.
“Someone who really commands a defence. Someone who really stands out and is counted for. Someone who is marshalling people around. Now Van Dijk has come in and he seems to be that man.
“He’s a great defender, he’s quick, he’s good in the air, he barks out orders. So what more do you need? It seems that everyone who plays alongside him [he] always brings out the best in them as well.”
Liverpool edged past Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday and next face Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth in the Premier League.