Van Dijk hails Liverpool's defensive strength from Salah to Alisson

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2018-19
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The Reds centre-half believes rivals will continue to struggle when it comes to breaking the Reds down as they boast the strongest of spines

Virgil van Dijk has hailed Liverpool’s ability to defend from front to back, with star turns prepared to shut down rivals in every area of the field.

An inability to keep clean sheets has stunted the Reds’ progress at times, with Jurgen Klopp seeing his side spring some alarming leaks.

He has, however, invested heavily in the likes of £75 million ($99m) centre-half Van Dijk and £65m ($85m) goalkeeper Alisson in an effort to keep the back door bolted.

Klopp’s famed ‘gegenpressing’ approach also demands that every member of his side works hard for the good of the collective cause, with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino expected to do their bit in the current side.

Van Dijk believes everyone at Anfield has bought into that way of thinking, with Liverpool currently boasting the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League – with five shutouts secured in eight games.

The Netherlands international told Premier League Productions after helping the Reds to go 841 minutes without conceding a league goal on home soil: “It’s credit to everyone.

“As defenders – and everyone in the team – we try to keep a clean sheet because we know if we do that we have a big chance to win the game.

“We always get opportunities, we’ll always be dangerous in front of goal and we’ll always create chances. So we know if we keep a clean sheet we have a big chance to win.

“How we defend all together, how we press together – it starts up front – we can make life difficult for everyone.

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“It’s never easy to play through our front three; when you do, you come up against our midfielders, who are always putting pressure on you and never leave you alone. Then you come up against us at the back – and we have an outstanding goalkeeper as well, which helps a lot.”

Van Dijk has conceded just three goals at Anfield in his Liverpool career to date, with his presence having helped to turn the Reds into realistic Premier League title challengers.

Their quest to land that crown in 2018-19 is set to continue after the international break when they travel to Huddersfield.