James Milner Recalls Ridiculous Pass From Virgil Van Dijk In Training
By Mike Parrott
Liverpool midfielder, James Milner has recalled a moment in training that nearly made him stop and applaud Virgil van Dijk after a ridiculous pass from the Dutchman.
The red half of Merseyside are preparing to claim their first ever title in the Premier League era with only two wins remaining to secure the trophy.
"The ball has come over his shoulder, he's got a forward sprinting to close him down, hunting him down into the corner and he's just knocked it over his shoulder, first time, into my path," said Milner. "It was one of those moments in a game where I nearly stopped and applauded before I controlled the ball myself. It was ridiculous defending, but that's the sort of thing he does!"
Milner went on to rave about the Dutch centre-back, saying he is one of the best he's played with. Milner has played with modern legends such as Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany.
:speaking_head: ' James Milner on Virgil Van Dijk:
"He's right up there. I've been very fortunate to have played with some amazing centre-halves. You look at Rio [Ferdinand], Jonathan Woodgate, Vinny Kompany, and Virg is right in there with all those guys." pic.twitter.com/T9i8Cb9qVD
- The Anfield Buzz (@TheAnfieldBuzz) June 16, 2020
"He reads the game so well, he's quick, he's strong, he's good on the ball, he's a good communicator and he's deadly in the air.
"And his positioning is so good. You can see that after the game when you look at how far players have run. He's run miles less than everyone else, even the other centre-halves, and you think 'how is that possible?' But it's because he reads the game so well.
"He's an incredible player for us, and a big part of what we do. The spine in the team is massive and he is obviously a rock in that defence."
Sampdoria and Japan defender Maya Yoshida said he always knew Virgil van Dijk would go on to become one of the best in the world.
"He's naturally very strong, he's faster than anyone else, technically very good and has leadership." :fire:
- Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) June 10, 2020
Liverpool are set to play Everton this weekend as the Premier League returns.