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Pep Guardiola and Louis van Gaal pose Liverpool 'unicorn' question amid new Virgil van Dijk role

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Virgil van Dijk's quality has forced Liverpool to be different than the rest of the Big Six in the Premier League.

Some would argue the role that Van Gaal has given Van Dijk for his national side is suboptimal, as it prevents the Netherlands from truly taking advantage of his unique one-on-one ability when defending tricky situations.

Guardiola has his unicorns, and Van Gaal has his tactical beliefs, but Klopp has something even better.



READ MORE: Liverpool have long-term Jürgen Klopp advantage as Antonio Conte proves FSG masterstroke READ MORE: Liverpool star could soon get Jürgen Klopp chance after remaking history to confirm FSG coup Van Dijk doesn't fit the mould, instead preferring to use his right foot to hit long diagonal passes when in possession, usually in the direction of Mohamed Salah on the right flank.



Liverpool's build-up game doesn't tend to suffer too much because of Van Dijk's right-footed ways, although Louis van Gaal deploys him differently at international level in order to navigate the puzzle.

The Dutch defender is right-footed, but plays on the left of Jürgen Klopp's centre-back pairing at Anfield, which makes him something of an outlier compared to his peers.

Van Gaal's usage of Van Dijk is interesting and it does allow the Netherlands to include a left-footed defender in Aké, but Jürgen Klopp appears unlikely to take inspiration from the idea on Merseyside.
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