Graeme Souness has highlighted Virgil van Dijk’s calming influence as the primary reason for Liverpool’s recent stability at the back.

The former Reds star spoke to Sky Sports about his old side’s chances of going on to lift the Premier League title this season and was quick to lavish praise on the influence of Van Dijk.

Souness claimed that the Dutchman has made an “enormous difference” to proceedings at Anfield, with the defender continuing to impress in the heart of the defence.

Van Dijk has made an enormous difference. People say one player couldn’t make that difference but he has, he’s settled everyone around him. If you look at Liverpool’s back four, there’s possibly 10 years in all of them, especially if the goalkeeper is the real deal.

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You’ve got two young full-backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Van Dijk; there’s possibly 10 years of playing together there.

Van Dijk, who is the captain of his native Netherlands side, won the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for August and has been in excellent form, helping the Reds keep three clean sheets from four in the early stages of the Premier League season.

The Reds’ club-record signing is continuing to prove that he was worth the £75 million sum that Jurgen Klopp’s side coughed up to sign him, and Souness has once again reiterated his importance.