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Van Dijk Hails “Nightmare” Firmino

Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk says that the Reds’ improved defensive record is just as much down to striker Roberto Firmino as it is down to him. Van Dijk joined the club from Southampton in January.

Since his arrival, Liverpool’s defensive record has improved, but the Dutch centre half says Firmino’s work from the front is just as important as his own efforts in defence when it comes to the Reds’ improvement.

“I don’t take any personal credit for that. We all do it together. It starts from the front. If we do it from the front, then obviously we don’t need to be in trouble at the back. Having forwards like ours is just amazing.

“Not just attacking-wise, but also defensively. They do so much work. Look at Bobby Firmino. It is a nightmare to play against him. I can say that myself because I played against him at the ­beginning of the season.

“It starts from Bobby and the boys in attack. If the midfield do it as well, then you are not going to be in trouble ­– you may even have an easy night.”


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