Admittedly I don’t watch a lot of football outside Liverpool but I would find it very surprising if there has been another centre back playing at such a consistently high level since January last year.
He has so many of the right attributes - he's tall and strong and wins his challenges against big forwards, but also fast and comfortable on the ball and can deal with the fast/tricky strikers too. Quick thinker, almost always in the right place to deal with things. Can hit a long pass, and is a threat at set pieces [though getting a few more goals would be something he can improve on]. Have seen him score free kicks, so has a long strike in him too. Still young, but has a super temperament, calm almost the point of over-relaxing sometimes. Is a clear leader in the group, can see how highly the other lads think of him as a player and a person. Know he has only played a short time for us, but I can't recall seeing any CB in red who has so many of the right attributes. Great to hear he wants to be one of the greats.
Would sooooo much like us to win a trophy this season. The lads deserve it. Jürgen deserves it. And need top guys like VVD to taste success - hunger is the best sauce, once tasted you just want it more...