Liverpool missed out on the opportunity to go ahead of Manchester City in the Premier league as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton at Goodison Park
It was Liverpool’s second goalless draw in succession, having experienced the same fate against Manchester united last week. Manchester city had moved 2 points ahead of Liverpool after their narrow win against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. And Liverpool’s failure to claim all 3 points means that the defending champions end the gameweek at the top of the table. After 29 games, Manchester city sit at the top of the table with 71 points while Liverpool are second with 70. Spurs are third with 61 and are essentially out of the title race making it a two horse race between the Reds and the Cityzens.
The title race is still very much in the balance with 9 games yet to be played. While Liverpool’s attack has been firing blanks in the past few weeks, fortunately for them, their defence has been right on top. The Reds boast of the best defensive record in the league having conceded just 15 times so far. And yet again on Sunday, their defense, and Virgil Van Dijk in particular, was super impressive. Former Liverpool forward showered praise on the Dutchman,
“Van Dijk reads the game better than any other defender in the Premier League and is a bit old-school in that respect,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.
“I’d put him in the Rio Ferdinand bracket when it comes to his reading of situations — he sees the danger, acknowledges the danger and has the physicality and athleticism to be able to deal with it.
“Some players can read the game but don’t have the pace and some have the pace but not the instinct. He has the lot and on top of that he exudes a calmness that rubs off on the rest of his side’s back four.
“I see in Van Dijk someone who is unflustered and will go on, either with Liverpool or another club, to win many, many titles.”
“And by the time he hangs up his boots, we could be talking about him in the same venerable tones as Sergio Ramos if he gets the chance to win as many titles either at Liverpool or elsewhere.”
“Van Dijk has to be worth at least £175m of anybody’s money and, while it’s easy to throw around statements such as ‘best in the world’, I really believe he is.”
Initially, a lot of questions were raised about the price that Liverpool paid for van Dijk. But such has been his overall impact on the side that it is looking like an absolute bargain now.