Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has been joined by a number of the club’s fans in singing the praises of Reds duo and fellow Dutch internationals Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk
In an interview for liverpoolfc.com, the 33-year-old described the midfielder as “an incredible person”, adding that “his energy is incredible, he has lungs for days and saying: “He’s very complete – he can score goals, he can tackle, can defend, recover balls. Gini’s development is also incredible.”
Babel went on to say of Van Dijk: “If you see how he developed since coming to Liverpool, his focus is incredible – 90 minutes fully sharp. Now with the leader that he’s become, he definitely deserves it. He’s also very important for us in the Dutch team and a great captain. Much respect to him.” A link to his interview was shared by @LFC on Twitter.
"His energy is incredible, he has lungs for days. You can tell when he has the confidence, he's unbeatable and very hard to play against." ?@Ryanbabel has used the word 'incredible' to best describe the qualities of @VirgilvDijk and @GWijnaldum ?
— Liverpool FC (at ?) (@LFC) April 17, 2020
Wijnaldum has the best passing success rate (90.9%) of any Reds player to start regularly and, in addition to his five goals in all competitions, has averaged one successful tackle, 0.5 interceptions, 1.2 successful dribbles and one successful aerial duel per game in 2019/20 (as per WhoScored). Van Dijk, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, has been ever-present in the Premier League for Liverpool this season, helping them to boast the division’s best defensive record of only 21 goals conceded, having shipped just 22 in the league last term with him starting every game.
Beauty and the Beast?
— hauwau idirisu (@hauwatee) April 17, 2020
— Christian Chukwu (@Christiany_Dico) April 17, 2020
That is just a small word for the best defender and best midfielder in the world?
— Abhinav (@Abhinav48364404) April 17, 2020
Gini deserves way more respect than he gets
— Thamsanqa Malusi (@MalusiThami) April 17, 2020
I concur with babel’s comments, with Gini and Virgil at the center the defense line is perfect
— Ally J (@AllyJ83535583) April 17, 2020
These boys are ? ??
— wiNNy_miLLz. (@g_winny87) April 17, 2020
Liverpool fans, would you concur with Babel’s glowing praise of Wijnaldum and Van Dijk? Have your say by commenting below!