Alongside Silva, we’ve decided to go for Virgil van Dijk as our second defender. Despite Liverpool not keeping the best defensive record in the Champions League this season, having kept one clean sheet in eight games, van Dijk has continued to show why he is one of the best defenders in the world.
You may be confused as to why we’ve included the Dutch defender, considering Liverpool’s poor defensive record this season. However, our reason for doing so comes from the fact that it would have been much worse without him in the centre.
During Liverpool’s eight Champions League fixtures, van Dijk made a total of 85 tackles which is more than any other player at the current stage of the competition.
What's even more impressive is the ex-Southampton man's confidence on the ball and willingness to play the ball out of the defence, which is proven by the fact the Liverpool man has completed more passes than any other player in the competition.