Victory over Manchester City in the Champions League highlighted just how much Liverpool have improved defensively. But that can’t be pinned solely on the shoulders of Virgil van Dijk, despite what many Reds fans might believe.
In this week’s episode of Three Minute Myths, we look a little closer at the defensive progress the Reds have made over the course of this season – improvements that were never-more plainly evident than at the Etihad against the Premier League champions-elect.
And while the signing of van Dijk in January may be heralded as the turning point in the long and winding tale of Liverpool’s shaky backline, a closer examination of the data reveals the Dutch centre-back has only played a small part in enhancing the backline.
Rather than the arrival of the Dutchman changing the course of the Reds’ season, a Jürgen Klopp tactical masterstroke back in October seems to be the launch pad for a Champions League title push and improved performances in the top flight.