Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has said that Virgil Van Dijk is the big man at Anfield and has an intimidating presence that scares opponents.
The Dutch center-back was awarded the PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season with the Reds in which they finished as runners-up to Manchester City with just a point’s difference.
Van Dijk was also very instrumental in Liverpool’s triumph in the UEFA Champions League and won the man of the match award in the 2 nil win over Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the competition.
“He gives a lot of confidence for the team and the players,” Alisson told Liverpool’s website.
“When you have Virgil van Dijk – the giant – on the pitch, maybe it scares the opposition. For me, he is special.
“I have great defenders [in front of me] – Joel [Matip], Joe Gomez, Dejan [Lovren]. Everyone did a great job this season. But Virgil has something special, he is the big man.”
Alisson, 26, joined Liverpool from Roma last season and quickly established himself as one of the best goalies in the Premier League, keeping a whopping 21 clean sheets in 38 Premier League games.
“Everything has been good. It was a great season with great moments,” he added.
“The club is top, my expectations about the club happened. I’m happy to be here with top staff, top players and top supporters. I’m very excited every day to come and work hard, to play the games, to enter the pitch and do my best for my teammates, the supporters and my family, and to try to achieve something big for this club.
“It’s not too different from the football I played in Italy and Brazil. I play for the national team so you play against every kind of player. To come here to the Premier League, for me, it was one step up for me in my career.
“I just focus in every game and every day. I work a lot to do my best and try to not feel the change that a change of city and country brings to you. I’m very happy.”