first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hailed Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool this yearThe Reds signed Van Dijk in January from Southampton for a world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender.Since then, Van Dijk has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool team at the heart of the defence.Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded only five goals in 11 Premier League games this season and sit just two points off leaders Manchester City.“He’s made a massive difference to Liverpool. He’s a monster,” Fletcher told Sky Sports.“He’s so big and powerful. He cruises through games. He’s top class.”The Scot also revealed how he attempted to convince his old club West Brom to sign Virgil van Dijk in 2015 from Celtic.“With my Scottish connections, I watched him play for Celtic,” Fletcher said.“We [West Brom] were looking at centre-backs after the first summer we’ve been there.“I recommended Johnny Evans who we managed to get, which was fantastic,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“And I also said to go and get Van Dijk. I think it was before he went to Southampton for I think it was £10 or £11 million, and obviously, West Brom felt it was maybe a bit too much.“They were umming and ahhing about £6 million for Johnny Evans. So you can maybe see the dilemma. There wasn’t much money.“I don’t think you’d call them Tony Pulis centre-halfs though, Johnny Evans and Van Dijk!”Van Dijk will likely start for Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Red Star Belgrade in Group C.Virgil van Dijk one of the best players in the league? Darren Fletcher has no doubt. 👊He also explains how the @LFC centre-back could have ended up at @WBA…👀Watch #MNF with @Carra23 and Darren Flecher live on Sky Sports Premier League now! https://t.co/Pu496D1spu pic.twitter.com/GwyVZ31SDL— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018last_img