No player has completed a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in any of his last 64 (!!) appearances for Liverpool.The commanding Dutchman has gone the entire Champions League campaign without being successfully dribbled past by a single opponent. Virgil van Dijk has completed an entire Champions League campaign without being successfully dribbled past by a single opponent.And there’s a trophy to go with it. :trophy: pic.twitter.com/7fu4MVxXgU- Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 1, 2019Virgil van Dijk has now finished a season for Liverpool without being dribbled past.52/52 Tackles won.- The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) June 1, 2019He’s faced some of the very best attackers in world football and he continued his defensive heroics in the final, most notably keeping out Son Heung-min.Van Dijk was named Champions League final ‘Man of the Match’ but he deflected his own outing by singling out Jurgen Klopp for special praise. “In the second half we were sitting back a bit and they put pressure on us, but overall I think we’re deserved Champions League winners,” Liverpool’s No.4 said. “[Klopp] is a fantastic manager and a fantastic human being. It’s an amazing environment to be in and I’m really proud to play for this beautiful club.”We’re all ambitious and we all want to have these kinds of nights so let’s go for it – work hard and stay humble. I expect a lot from the party today and tomorrow!”Van Dijk’s showing in Madrid was the talk of the Champions League final. Here’s how Twitter reacted to his stellar performance: Virgil van Dijk has now finished a season for Liverpool without being dribbled past.52/52 Tackles won. Colossal Beast :fire::100: pic.twitter.com/HV7pnC9GGz- Sugar :two_hearts: daddy (@lifeofdee_) June 1, 2019Virgil van Dijk is a joke. Liverpool’s defence was a shambles before his arrival & now they’ve won Europe’s biggest competition & finished with 97 points domestically. He’s brought on every player around him by leaps & bounds. He has to be right up there for the Ballon d’Or.- Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) June 1, 2019I urge all Liverpool fans to push the agenda with me. Virgil Van Dijk has been the best player in the world this season and deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. Pass it on.- Señor :flag_es: (@EnRouteAnfield) June 1, 2019:clap: Virgil Van Dijk is the best centre-back on the planet. He could be half as good as he is, and he’d still be the best.- Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) June 1, 2019The best defender in world football, right?
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