Liverpool star Joel Matip 'better than Virgil van Dijk' at key skill Jurgen Klopp loves

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Having signed for free from Schalke way back in 2016, the 6ft 5in defender, now 30-years-old, has already proven to be one of Klopp’s most impressive pieces of transfer business since taking the reins at Anfield. 

Ferdinand’s praise is not to take away from Van Dijk, meanwhile, who also drew praise for his mesmeric ability to play raking cross-field passes. 

The Dutchman has the accolades to prove his worth, having scooped up the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award back in 2018/19. 

But Van Dijk recently expressed concern about how his performances are being received since recovering from a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out for most of last season. 


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