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Why Manchester City’s Ruben Dias is more impressive than Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Jamie Carragher explains

Jamie Carragher explains

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claims that Ruben Dias’ lack of physicality makes his debut season at Manchester City in some ways more impressive than Virgil van Dijk’s performances for Liverpool.

Dias has been a huge revelation since moving to City from Benfica last summer and was once again a rock at the back as Pep Guardiola’s side booked their place in the Champions League final for the first time in their history.

And Carragher believes that Dias lacks the imposing physicality that Van Dijk possesses, which makes his performances all the more impressive.

“We have seen Van Dijk over the last couple of years win the Champions League,” Carragher said. “I think the new breed is coming and this guy [Dias] is a massive part of it.

“The biggest thing for a centre-back, in terms of body position, I think he’s the best by a long way in the Premier League.

“I think in his first season that he has produced at Man City, I think he’s at that level. What I would say is that Van Dijk has been blessed with physical attributes that Dias hasn’t so in some ways I’m more impressed with Dias.

“When you watch Van Dijk, it’s like watching a Rolls Royce, you just think the way he moves… most players don’t have that and Dias probably hasn’t got that so probably has to concentrate more and be side-on constantly.”

Source- Manchester Evening News

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