Premier League striker says Virgil van Dijk is ‘the best by far’

Virgil van Dijk is the best Premier League defender ‘by far’ according to Watford striker Troy Deeney.

The Dutchman became the world’s most expensive player back in January when he swapped Southampton for Liverpool for an incredible £75 million.

It understandably took him a few weeks to settle at Anfield, especially considering how little football he had played for the Saints before his mega money move to Merseyside.

Since then however, he has showed the kind of form that forced Jurgen Klopp to chase his signature so furiously, with Deeney claiming that he is the closest thing that the Premier League has to a ‘complete defender.’

Speaking on Graham Hunter’s ‘The Big Interview’ podcast, Deeney said: “He’s the best by far.

“[He’s] six foot six inches tall, quick, confident with the ball at his feet, and doesn’t mind a physical battle.

“He’s the closest thing we’ve got to a complete defender in the Premier League.

“He’s also a non-stop talker. Communication is massive for a defender, and he says those little things that people from the outside don’t see.

“I think he’s going to make a huge difference to that Liverpool team.”

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