Van Dijk wishes he possessed the same quality as Joel Matip

Virgil Van Dijk desires to have the dribbling ability of Joel Matip.

Joel Matip has successfully cemented his place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad and has been regular this season.

He score his first goal of the season against Leeds United combining with Mo Salah.

Prior to this season, Matip had a successful season when both Van Dijk and Joe Gomez were out of contention for the whole 2020/21 season.

This year he has been paired regularly with Van Dijk at the heart of defence.

“It’s a big quality of him – I wish I had that quality at times!” Van Dijk said to Liverpool’s official website.

“He just can go without any fear at all and hope for the best a little bit! But he has that quality. It’s a big strength of him and obviously it’s useful because it drags other players from their position and today obviously the space was there to make that run and finish it off.

“I said to him already before the game I felt it coming because he had an assist for Diogo [Jota] and I said, ‘A goal is next!’ so I’m obviously very happy for him.”


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