John Barnes says Liverpool star is main reason they are competing with Man City

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 RANKED REVEALED Latest Liverpool FC News Liverpool legend John Barnes has hailed Virgil van Dijk as the main reason the Reds are keeping up with Manchester City, labelling the Dutchman as “the best defender in the Premier League”.Van Dijk has received plenty of praise for his form this season from ex-Reds including Stephane Henchoz and John Arne Riise. “Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have had great seasons, but for me Virgil Van Dijk is the best defender in the Premier League.“He’s the reason why Liverpool are keeping up with Manchester City this season.“The keeper [Alisson Becker] coming in has given everyone a real confidence boost.“It’s been interesting to see the fans being more reassured and measured with this keeper, last season people would hold their breath at corners. But there is a confidence this year.” Barnes also praised goalkeeper Alisson’s impact at the club REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker 2 latest Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75million in January REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The Merseysiders have made a very good start to the Premier League this season and are second in the table with 30 points and have yet to taste defeat so far.Their next game sees them travel to Watford on Saturday, the club Liverpool signed Barnes from in June 1987.And although Liverpool have not been scoring as freely as they did at points last season, Barnes insisted the Anfield club were a much more balanced side this season.Barnes, speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform, said: “The main difference for Liverpool has been defensively, Virgil Van Djik coming in last year has massively helped the defence. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining “There’s a better balance to the team than last season. Yes, they’re not steamrolling teams in the same way, but they’re winning games 1-0 and that’s down to the defensive signings they made in the summer.”John Barnes was speaking exclusively for bookmaker comparison platform

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