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Shearer: Van Dijk display crucial to Reds' title bid

2 Apr 2019
Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

Premier League Champion selects Liverpool defender in Team of the Week after critical intervention against Spurs

Virgil van Dijk's performance for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday could prove to be crucial for their Premier League title challenge, according to Alan Shearer.

In the closing stages of the match at Anfield and with the scores level at 1-1 Van Dijk found himself having to contend with two Spurs midfielders bearing down on him on the counter-attack.

The Dutchman expertly forced Moussa Sissoko on to his weaker foot, cutting out the pass to Son Heung-min and pressuring him to miss his chance to give Spurs the lead.

Instead it was Liverpool who went on to win the match in added time and keep their title hopes alive.

"Van Dijk's defending and decision-making was immense," says Shearer, who has included the Liverpool centre-back in his Team of the Week. "The moment he let Sissoko shoot instead of Son proved a turning point in the match."

Kasper Schmeichel (LEI) | LEI 2-0 BOU

Kept a clean sheet and made a very good save at 1-0.

Yan Valery (SOU) | BHA 0-1 SOU

Handled a huge match with such confidence and helped his team to a clean sheet and three massive points.

Virgil van Dijk (LIV) | LIV 2-1 TOT

Van Dijk's defending and decision-making was immense. The moment he let Sissoko shoot instead of Son proved a turning point in the match. 

James Tarkowski (BUR) | BUR 2-0 WOL

The Clarets' centre-back defended very well in a solid performance.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) | LIV 2-1 TOT

He made timely tackles, a goal-saving block and was unstoppable going forward in the first half. He is having a great season.

Bernard (EVE) | WHU 0-2 EVE

A good goal and some wonderful trickery. He was a real force for Everton.

Idrissa Gueye (EVE) | WHU 0-2 EVE

Dominated the midfield for Everton.

Bernardo Silva (MCI) | FUL 0-2 MCI

The Portuguese was simply outstanding in a very comfortable win for Manchester City.

Nathan Redmond (SOU) | BHA 0-1 SOU

Another strong performance was marked by an assist in a huge win for Saints.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) | LEI 2-0 BOU

Another goal under Brendan Rodgers who, unlike his previous manager, is clearly getting the best out of him. Rejuvenated.

Dwight McNeil (BUR) | BUR 2-0 WOL

A very good goal and performance in helping his side clinch a massive three points. A promising future awaits.

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl (SOU) | BHA 0-1 SOU

The transformation of Southampton under Hasenhuttl has been remarkable. Brighton is a hard place to go but the Austrian masterminded three crucial points here.

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