Virgil van Dijk ‘The Wall’ on the Pitch

Virgil van Dijk

Jordy, a goalkeeper like his father, didn’t concede many goals. The kid was talented, but so too was one of the defenders playing in front of him. That little centre-back offered untold protection for his keeper, and even strode forward to give the team attacking drive and goals. He seemed to be everywhere on the pitch. His name, Virgil van Dijk.

As Van Dijk and Lukkien spent more time together on the training pitch, the pair became closer and Van Dijk grew as a player. He made his first-team debut in May 2011 – in a 4-2 win at ADO Den Haag – but it was a month later when he really made a name for himself.

Virgil van Dijk

“I’m thinking Real Madrid or Barcelona could be next,” he enthuses. “I rate him alongside Sergio Ramos. Liverpool is a massive club, but in terms of getting players, Madrid and Barça are above them. The same happened with Luis Suarez. If Virgil carries on the way he has, I can’t see why Real, Barça or Paris Saint-Germain wouldn’t come in for him.” Should the club from the Camp Nou make such a swoop, Van Dijk could finally achieve the bold personal objective he set back in 2011, when he’d played just a handful of games in the Eredivisie.

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