Liverpool defender Joe Gomez hails big brother Vigil van Dijk.

Netherlands international Van Dijk is a "special player".

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has heaped praise on "big brother" Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds star says his defensive partner Van Dijk is a "special player" after his goal helped the Premier League leaders secure a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

The Dutchman has continued his outstanding form that took Liverpool to European glory last season, establishing a solid partnership with the England international at the heart of defence.

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“I’m buzzing for Virg. Everyone knows how happy I am when he scores and it’s nice for us to put work in in training on those set-pieces and then they come off,” he told Liverpool's official website ahead of Thursday's match against Wolverhampton.

“I don’t think it’s easy to measure what he does for us as a team. He’s such a dominant character, a dominant player. He’s a special player and we’re lucky to have him at the club - he’s my big brother! He’s a top player and a top person to be alongside.

“It’s been positive for me to get a nice run of games and I think the biggest thing is I’m trying to do my best to contribute to the team.

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“We know how important each game is and on a personal note and as a team, I think we just focus on the next game.

“No one’s getting ahead of themselves or thinking any further than the next game and that’s what’s most important about this team. We’ve got so many characters in the dressing room as well as the manager to keep it like that. It’s just about keeping our heads down, focusing and cracking on."

Mohamed Salah's last minute strike secured the three points, however, Gomez says he would have preferred a bigger lead against United.

“We would have liked to have had a bigger lead than 2-0 at the end of the game but the most important thing is that we put in a good performance as a team," he added.

“We saw it out, rode out the pressure at the end and Mo finished it off for us, so there are positives to take from the game and we know what this game means. Onto the next one.”

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