Surprising stat of the day: Virgil van Dijk ranks 273rd for tackles in Premier League

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Surprising stat of the day: Virgil van Dijk ranks 273rd for tackles in Premier League

Tackles are generally considered a mark of a good defender, but this cannot be applied to Virgil van Dijk.

The Liverpool centre-back is certainly an exceptional player but after making 30 Premier League appearances this season, his record reads just 13 tackles.

For context, the same number of tackles have been registered by Wout Weghorst and Dejan Kulusevski who only arrived in the league in January. Moreover, even Paul Pogba has made as many tackles as Van Dijk!

All these players, along with 12 others, are sharing the 273rd place in the rankings.

It looks like Van Dijk lives by Paolo Maldini's famous quote 'If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake'.

AuthorMichael EllisSourcePremier League
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