No Liverpool player made more passes or won more duels than centre-back Virgil van Dijk during the opening month of the Premier League season.

And the Netherlands international today scooped the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for August in recognition of his sterling work at the heart of the Reds defence.

Van Dijk played every minute of the trio of games in August, keeping three clean sheets in victories over West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion as Jürgen Klopp's side went top of the league.

Here, with the help of Opta's stats, we take a closer look at the 27-year-old's impressive impact last month...

256 attempted passes (most for Liverpool)

240 successful passes (most for Liverpool)

93.8 per cent pass accuracy

28 duels (most for Liverpool)

60.7 per cent duel success (most for Liverpool)

22 aerial battles (most for Liverpool)

54.5 per cent aerial success (most for Liverpool)

14 recoveries 

11 clearances

4 tackles

4 interceptions

1 block