Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has showered praise on his teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch center-back has been identified by many to be Liverpool’s key member of the defence.
Virgil van Dijk won the PFA Player of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year award for his brilliant performances in 2018. The Champions League winning defender is widely believed to be “World’s best center-back” right now.
Alisson won the Golden Glove in his first season in the Premier League. The Brazilian kept 21 clean sheets and van Dijk was a key part of Liverpool defence in front of Alisson.
Alisson speaking to Liverpool’s official website said,
“He gives a lot of confidence for the team and the players,” Alisson said.
“When you have Virgil van Dijk – the giant – on the pitch, maybe it scares the opposition. For me, he is special.
“I have great defenders [in front of me] – Joel, Joe Gomez, Dejan. Everyone did a great job this season. But Virgil has something special, he is the big man.”
Speaking about the club he said,
“Everything has been good. It was a great season with great moments,” the 26-year-old said.
“The club is top, my expectations about the club happened. I’m happy to be here with top staff, top players and top supporters. I’m very excited every day to come and work hard, to play the games, to enter the pitch and do my best for my teammates, the supporters and my family, and to try to achieve something big for this club.
“It’s not too different from the football I played in Italy and Brazil. I play for the national team so you play against every kind of player. To come here to the Premier League, for me, it was one step up for me in my career.
“I just focus in every game and every day. I work a lot to do my best and try to not feel the change that a change of city and country brings to you. I’m very happy.”
Alisson will be busy with Brazil in their on going Copa America campaign. While Virgil van Dijk is enjoying his holiday and will join the Liverpool pre-season next month.