Virgil van Dijk glad 26-year-old is getting the recognition he deserves

Virgil van Dijk is effusive in his praise for his teammate acknowledging his exceptional performances.

Liverpool skipper Virgil van Dijk has showered accolades on his teammate for delivering stellar performances throughout the current season.

The Reds, eyeing four titles, recently secured a spot in the Carabao Cup final and are set to face Chelsea, reminiscent of the victorious 2022 final under Jurgen Klopp.

Maintaining their dominance, Liverpool lead the Premier League with 48 points, boasting a five-point advantage over reigning champions Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Additionally, Klopp’s formidable squad have progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, showcasing their prowess on multiple fronts.

The upcoming challenge for Liverpool is the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup against Norwich City at Anfield this Sunday.

In the matchday programme for today’s tie with the EFL Championship side, Van Dijk paid tribute to Joe Gomez, saying: “I saw that the gaffer said what we have done over the last couple of months would not have been possible without Joe and I would agree with that.

“Whatever position he plays in and whatever he’s asked to do, Joey’s approach could not be better so it is nice – and more importantly, totally deserved – that he is getting some recognition.

“I have made no secret of the fact that Joey is someone who I always enjoy playing alongside. He’s not the only one of course, but I sometimes feel that he does not get the credit that he deserves.

“All I can say is that from a captain’s point of view and a centre-back’s point of view, it is really helpful to have someone who can play every position across the back four to an unbelievably high standard.

“Joey has always been appreciated inside the dressing room and, as I’ve said, I’m personally one of his biggest fans. Seeing him perform the way he has been makes me really happy but, more than anything else, it is a massive help to the team.

“Hopefully the kind of recognition he is getting right now will become normal because it will mean that others are seeing him the same way we do.”

Gomez’s versatility has been crucial for the Reds in the 2023-24 season, as Klopp adapted his role to address injuries to left-backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.

Despite the challenges, the 26-year-old has made an impressive 29 appearances and contributed three assists across all competitions.

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