Former Red Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is taken for granted.

Van Dijk, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton for a transfer fee of £75 million in January 2018, has been absolutely superb for the club.

In the past eight months, Van Dijk has been apart of a Liverpool side that has won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

The club will also more than likely add the Premier League title to the aforementioned list of achievements when the coronavirus clears.

There is no denying that without Van Dijk, Liverpool would not be in the position that they are currently in. However, Carragher believes that the Dutchman is taken for granted despite everything that he has achieved.

As quoted by Football Oranje, Carragher wrote in the Telegraph: “It’s very simple: he’s one of the best players in the world.

“Since he went to Liverpool he has become a player who could play for any club. He is so good, it sometimes feels like he is taken for granted. When there is a player of the year vote, it is striking that few analysts put him forward. He is just as important as last year.”

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson of Liverpool celebrate to their fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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The Anfield faithful have a really solid appreciation for what Van Dijk brings to the side. The reality is, until Van Dijk arrived on Merseyside, Liverpool had not had a solid centre-back since the Rafa Benitez era.

Perhaps those on the outside do not appreciate how good Van Dijk is, but anyone with any knowledge regarding football can identify that he is the best centre-back in the world.

Van Dijk will be remembered as a legend of Anfield, as he has brought so much to the club.

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