A fellow defender on Merseyside admits a Controlling Dutch centre-half offers much more to the Origin then Only presence at the back
Any initial questions of the $98m transfer fee is required to take the controlling centre-half to Merseyside in 2018 have been silenced in fashion. van Dijk is now a talismanic figure for Jurgen Klopp, with his mere existence believed to have helped lift Liverpool into the heights that they currently occupy.
Ballon d’Or runner-up Van Dijk has been direct the pursuit of more significant silverware, with his most recent outing seeing him score and collect a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Manchester United, with Gomez one of those to have been abandoned in awe of a remarkable colleague.
The Liverpool defender told the club’s official site: “I am buzzing for Virg. Everybody knows how happy I am when he scores and it is nice for us to place work in training on these set-pieces and then they come off.
“I don’t think that it’s easy to quantify what he does for us as a staff. He is such a dominant personality, a dominant player. He is a special player and we are blessed to have him at the club – he is my big brother! He is a top player and a top man to be ”
The England international added: “It has been positive for me to find a wonderful run of matches and I think the biggest thing is I am trying to do my best to add to the team.
“We understand how important each game is and on a personal note and as a team, I think we only concentrate on the next match.
“No-one’s getting ahead of themselves or thinking any further than the next game and that is what is most important about this group. We have so many characters in the dressing room in addition to the supervisor to keep it like this. It is just about keeping our heads down, focusing and hammering on.”
Gomez has led to Liverpool opening up a 16-point guide at the peak of the Premier League table, while still boasting a game in hand, but says nobody at Anfield is shooting a name victory for granted.
The 22-year-old said when asked if the Reds, with no top-flight success in 30 years, are taking a look at the standings:”No, not at all.
“We just concentrate on every game and the 3 points which are ahead of us in the time, [we are ] not focusing on the points [complete ] or anything. We are in this position and it is one that we are focused on and simply hungry to finish off.”