first_img Comment Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the three points against Spurs (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘He knew that if Son was put through, the ball would be in the back of the net. Sissoko, by contrast, has not scored all season.‘Van Dijk positioned himself to block the pass at all costs while closing down Sissoko just enough to force him into a snap shot.‘His smart, instinctive thinking in the heat of battle earned Liverpool a crucial win.’More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerLiverpool went on to snatch a late winner through a fortunate Toby Alderweireld own goal, which sent them back to the top of the Premier League table.The Reds’ defence has been a huge part of their success this campaign, keeping more clean sheets (17) than any other side in the division.MORE: Mohamed Salah lashes out over Golden Boot race with Sergio AgueroMORE: Why Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should drop Hugo Lloris after Liverpool blunder, explains Jermaine Jenas Martin Keown explains what sets Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk apart after superb defending against Tottenham Virgil van Dijk was superb in Liverpool’s win over Tottenham (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has once more earned wild praise after his remarkable defending kept his side in the game against Tottenham on Sunday.The Reds were level at 1-1 with Spurs when Van Dijk was left on his own and back-pedaling against Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son, advancing on the Liverpool goal.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe odds were stacked against the Dutchman, but his superb positional play eliminated the option of Sissoko passing to Son, and forced him into a shot on his weaker left foot.Sissoko’s effort sailed over the crossbar and former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown believes it illustrated Van Dijk’s best qualities as a defender.ADVERTISEMENT Van Dijk is a leader as well as a defender for Liverpool (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘It was a magnificent piece of defending,’ Keown told the Daily Mail. ‘You will not find it in any coaching manual.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘With Tottenham mounting a quick counter-attack, Van Dijk found himself outnumbered with Sissoko running with the ball to his left and Son Heung-min available for a pass on his right.‘What sets Van Dijk apart is the way he thinks clearly in the most pressurised moments.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shareslast_img

Martin Keown explains what sets Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk apart after superb defending against Tottenham

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