Virgil Van Dijk is a Red

The 26 year old Dutch player made history yesterday by becoming the most expensive defender with a world record fee of £75m. Van Dijk spent two and a half years with Southampton before signing for Liverpool Football Club.

At 26, Van Dijk is entering his peak years; he’s everything Liverpool could want in a defender – he’s tall, strong, great in aerial challenges, he can attack and defend, he’s quick, he’s physical, and an accurate passer. Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren’s position in the team might be under threat with the arrival of VVD, but it’s a needed change; whilst Liverpool’s attack has been stellar, their defence has been woeful.

Man City have been on too good of a form this year, for me I believe the title race is already over. However, qualifying for the top four is going to be tight and van Dijk’s arrival is much needed. Next season, with Keita in the squad too, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with.

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You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain

On the 20th March, Liverpool were 2-0 against Southampton at half time. It looked to be an easy win – we had it in the bag. In the second half, Martin Skrtel – who had been out injured since December – returned to the pitch and subsequently gave away a penalty. It was saved, thankfully, but Southampton won the game 3-2 thanks to some woeful defending on Liverpool’s part. The team conceded as many goals in 40 minutes with Skrtel in the team than their previous 795 minutes without him. What’s it down to? Return from injury nerves? Lack of play time recently so everything is a bit ropey? Or just time for him to go? That was certainly the consensus on social media.

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It’s easy to cast aside a player when they’re not up to standard, but let us not forget that this man is Slovakia’s national team captain and has won the Slovak footballer of the year award four times. Sure he’s second on the list of all time premier league own goals list with a total of seven, but he shares that position with Jamie Carragher – who is held in god-like regard by the Kop. (Carra had 508 appearances and 5 goals with the club, where Skrtel is on 16 goals in 237 appearances, just so you know). And in October, Skrtel was the team’s best passer with an accuracy percentage of 87%. This is a man who literally gives blood for the team on a regular basis – how many times has he had his head stapled together on the sidelines and finished the game?

Sometimes fans strike me as babies throwing their toys out of the pram when games don’t go their way. Lovren had his head on the chopping board for a long time at the beginning of his Liverpool career, but his game has settled and he’s putting in magnificent performances – and the fans love him now. Sometimes you’re the hero, sometimes you’re the villain. One thing is for certain: Liverpool fans will never hear a bad word about Stevie’s Slip.

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You can just see the title slipping away along with every Liverpool fan’s hopes and dreams #wegoagain #itsouryear