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Will Man City's Dias be crowned the new van Dijk?

Ruben Dias (above) was charged with being the belated successor to Vincent Kompany. PHOTO: AFP
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It is a tag that Liverpool's two surprise signings will hope to earn, but a comparison that will scarcely flatter them. Are they the new Virgil van Dijk? The chances are that, for several decades, the same will be asked of every centre-back Liverpool recruit and the answer will probably come in the negative.

In a sense, however, the new Van Dijk will be seen at Anfield today. Not Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies, the deadline-day additions, however, but Ruben Dias.

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