The Premier League has been blessed with some fine centre-backs over the years, but Vincent Kompany reckons Virgil van Dijk could be the best of the lot.
Van Dijk’s £75 million switch from the South coast back in January 2018 has brought about new-found defensive security to Liverpool‘s backline.
His addition has seen the club reach back-to-back Champions League finals, winning the second, while also adding the Super Cup and Club World Cup to their trophy cabinet. The Reds have of course also moved to within two points of finally ending their 30-year wait for a league title, with Jurgen Klopp’s side comfortably possessing the best defensive record in the division, conceding 21 goals in their 29 outings.
One man who knows a thing or two about defending is four-time Premier League winner Vincent Kompany, and the former Man City skipper reckons that Van Dijk could be the finest centre-half that the English top-flight has seen since its rebranding in 1992.
“I would bring it back to Virgil van Dijk,” Kompany told SPORF.
“It’s a weird one because he hasn’t been on the scene as long as these names we have mentioned: John Terry, Rio Ferdinand. These guys were there for a long time.
“But the signs he has showed in his last few years just make it so obvious that if he would have been at the top level before that he would have already gone further as well.
“From what I’ve seen in terms of having an impact on a team, and a defender is never about himself it’s about communication with other guys and how you make your team more solid.
“The Liverpool before van Dijk and the one after him, it’s a completely different setup and I’ll give him that one because of that.”