Martin Keown made over 400 appearances for Arsenal and earned 43 caps for England during his playing career, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cup medals.
LONDON - Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were like panthers in the way they prowled around the pitch at Selhurst Park. The new partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence has the perfect blend of youth and experience, pace and poise, tenacity and understanding.
They have the potential to become one of the greatest pairings the Premier League has ever seen. Van Dijk, 27, is now playing with the confidence and maturity of a central defender at his peak.
He has that look of a player who senses he is on the cusp of major success. Not only did he deal with everything that Crystal Palace threw at him on Monday but I loved how determined he was to win the header in the dying moments that ultimately set up Liverpool’s second goal.
The most successful centre backs are those who thrive on the responsibility of being a driving force for their team. At 21, Gomez is six years Van Dijk’s junior but he is starting to display the same impressive traits.