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He showed why he's one of the best – Alexander-Arnold pays tribute to Van Dijk

By Opta
Virgil van Dijk

London, April 1: Virgil van Dijk showed why he is one of the world's best defenders in the dramatic 2-1 win over Tottenham, according to Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Reds claimed a potentially vital victory at Anfield against Mauricio Pochettino's men, as a last-gasp Toby Alderweireld own goal gifted them all three points after Hugo Lloris parried a Mohamed Salah header into the Belgian.

But, a few moments earlier, Spurs had a glorious chance to take the lead, Moussa Sissoko leading a two-on-one break with Van Dijk the only Liverpool defender for company.

The Dutchman opted to cover the passing route to Son Heung-min and allow Sissoko the space to move into the penalty are, an approach that paid off when the Frenchman blazed over.

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Manchester City sit just two points behind Liverpool – they have a game in hand, too - so defeat to Spurs could have been costly for the Reds' titles chances.

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Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Alexander-Arnold said: "Obviously they had a massive chance near the end of the game, just before we scored.

"Virgil showed why he is probably one of the best defenders in the world with his decision-making, the way he closed the angle down and put pressure on their player at the end.

"We went up the other end and it was very fortunate, but a goal is a goal and a win is the most important thing we wanted - and that's what we got.

"It was tough, they are a really top side and they might feel like they deserved a little bit more, but we showed we wanted it more and that we're a top side.

"We're not really fussed how we get the win anymore, it's all about the points we can get - that's the main thing for us."

 
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Story first published: Monday, April 1, 2019, 14:30 [IST]
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