Virgil van Dijk stat proves he’s the greatest Premier League defender of the past decade

Virgil van Dijk was imperious against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and scored the winner deep into extra-time.

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Virgil van Dijk was on the top of his game against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday evening, as he has been for most of this season.

Chelsea tried their best to go long through striker Nicolas Jackson, but the Liverpool skipper dominated in the air.

Offensively, van Dijk was unlucky to see his headed effort in regulation ruled out due to a VAR intervention.

Wataru Endo was adjudged to have interfered with the Dutchman’s marker, Levi Colwill, in the build-up to the goal.

It was seen as a harsh decision by many Liverpool fans, but one that did not come back to ruin the day of Merseyside outfit.

It was an all-round, complete performance by van Dijk – and one that you want from your captain.

He was given a whopping 8.7 match ratings from popular statistics site FotMob following his performance at Wembley.

This included a 91%(!) pass accuracy with 92 of his 102 passes finding their intended target.

van Dijk also won 7/10 of his defensive duels and made 14 defensive actions in what a mammoth performance from the skipper.

It is his second league cup in Liverpool red but the first one he gets to lift as the captain.

Virgil van Dijk stat proves he’s the greatest Premier League defender of the past decade

WhoScored.com have come out today to state that since they have started collecting data in 2009/10, Virgil van Dijk is the Premier League highest rated centre-back with more than 200 appearances.

He clocks in with an average rating of 7.28, which is quite a remarkable achievement.

It means that, on average, one can expect a 7.5 from the Liverpool skipper every time he plays.

Liverpool’s No.4 has certainly benefitted from the responsibility of being captain of Jurgen Klopp’s side, and it showed at Wembley on Sunday.

In other news, Sepp van den Berg’s future is unclear after contract clause with Mainz emerges.

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