Michael Owen has praised the bravery of Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, and added that he is like a ‘brick wall’, as he told Premier League Productions (10/04/22 at 6:40 pm).
After Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, during his punditry work, Owen spoke to Van Dijk and stated that he could ‘ask him questions all day’.
A lot was made of how Liverpool played at the Etihad and the constant risks they took to leave acres of space behind their defence.
For 99% of teams, they would get ripped to shreds by Manchester City’s attack when trying to deploy such as system, but not when you have Van Dijk patrolling the defence.
Owen spoke in awe of the player and how Liverpool’s high line is ‘on his head’ because he’s the main guy at the back.
“You could ask him questions all day,” said Owen. “I was listening to him just then and thinking ‘how brave do you have to be?’.
“When you have no pressure on the ball like that. No pressure in midfield. Yet he still plays a high line. Willing to squeeze the play.
“It’s all on his head in many ways because he is taking the risk of being a central defender, but when you have got that pace.
“There were a couple of times when Raheem Sterling ran at him and you just think ‘wow’. He is literally like a brick wall. But what a player.”
There aren’t many players with such ice-cool veins as Liverpool’s composed Dutchman at the back.
Well, other than Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson, when he is passing the ball out from the back and nearly making a mess of things.
Nonetheless, before these two Premier League heavyweights can enter the pitch for yet another enthralling round of football.
They have the small matter of their Champions League games to deal with on Wednesday night, with Man City in Spain to take on Atletico Madrid and Liverpool hosting Benfica.