Jakarta – Harry Maguire may carry the most expensive defender in the world today. However, Virgil van Dijk proved himself the best after Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in the English League on Sunday (1/19).
Long before the match was held, Van Dijk and Maguire were in the spotlight. Most of the media even called the Liverpool vs MU duel this time as proof of the two most expensive defenders in the world.
Van Dijk was once the most expensive player after being recruited by Liverpool from Southampton in the January transfer season of the 2017/2018 season at a price of 84.65 million euros.
While MU redeemed Maguire by jumping over the figures issued by Liverpool for Van Dijk, which is 87 million euros (around Rp1, 32 trillion) for a six-year contract until 2025.
However, the Dutch defender proves that he is more valuable than Maguire. Van Dijk was able to score the opening goal of Liverpool's victory over Manchester United after winning an air duel against Maguire.
Maguire lost the position so that Van Dijk freely made a hard header to welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner kick.
So far Van Dijk has contributed eight goals and two assists for Liverpool. While Maguire has not scored a goal and only contributed one assist in the Premier League.
Van Dijk also has a better winning percentage than Maguire. In his first season with Liverpool, Van Dijk had a winning percentage of 50 percent, seven wins in 14 matches.
While Maguire has only 40.9 percent of wins in the Premier League this season. Of the 22 matches, MU won only nine times with Maguire.
With a series of statistics, Van Dijk is certainly far better than Maguire. He became one of the keys to the solid defense of the Reds that are unbeaten until the middle of the English League season. .