Virgil van Dijk reminds Gary Neville of former Manchester United centre-half Jaap Stam.
Liverpool made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in history when signing him from Southampton for £75m in January.
The Dutchman has engendered a clear improvement in the club’s defence, with Liverpool not conceding a Premier League goal at Anfield since February.
Neville sees the 27-year-old as key behind Liverpool’s strengthening at the back.
“I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn’t think he was worth £75m, and I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had,” he told the Gary Neville podcast.
“He’s a monster, and is looking a bit like Jaap Stam. It looks like he just throws people out of the way.”