Van Dijk unveils how street football has forged his defensive skills
- Virgil used to play a lot of five-a-side games.
- He often had to attack.
- Hence he understands an attacker's mentality.
Street football has made Virgil van Dijk a nightmare to play against for any attacker in the Premier League last season.
"I have had the benefit of a lot of one-v-ones by playing a lot on the streets," Virgil explained to Unisport.
"I played in a lot of five-a-side games when I was younger and I loved to attack in those days as well, so you got a bit of a feeling how attackers might think in certain situations. Obviously, that comes with experience in my professional career too, but I think if you want to progress as a defender or an attacker then just keep playing in the streets with your friends."
Going all the way from playing in the streets to playing on Anfield ground, Virgil van Dijk became the only Premier League defender in 2018/19 who has never been dribbled past. The Dutchman once again proved his £75 million transfer fee was worth every penny.