Liverpool officially have the best defence in Europe’s top leagues so far this season after this weekend’s clean-sheet against Chelsea.
Liverpool’s attack attracted the most attention during a stunning campaign last year that saw them reach the Champions League final in spectacular fashion.
However, the Reds have adopted a more pragmatic style this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side notoriously hard to score against, let alone beat.
Liverpool claimed their 18th clean-sheet of the season during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Chelsea at Anfield, putting the onus back on Manchester City in the race for the title.
The shut-out against the Blues meant Van Dijk, and presumably others at the back, are due a £375,000 bonus allied in their contracts – and the stats suggest they have more than earned it.
Along with having the most clean-sheets in Europe’s top leagues, Liverpool have also conceded the fewest out of any other big side.
The Reds have conceded just 20 goals in the league so far, the best record in Europe ahead of Atletico Madrid who have let in 21.
Goals conceded this season
1. Liverpool – 20
2. Atletico Madrid – 21
3. Juventus – 22
4. Manchester City – 22
5. Paris Saint-Germain – 23
6. Bayern Munich – 29
7. Barcelona – 31
8. Tottenham – 34
9. Chelsea – 36
10. Real Madrid – 38
11. Arsenal – 40
12. Manchester United – 44
Additionally, the arrival of Fabinho has been a breath of fresh air as the Brazilian continues to impress in breaking up attacks in his deep midfield role.
Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday night as they take a 2-0 lead to Portugal for the second-leg against Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals.