Andy Robertson thinks that Virgil van Dijk deserves to be crowned PFA Player of the Year, saying that he is the best central defender in world football.
There were a few raised eyebrows when Liverpool made Van Dijk the most expensive defender of all time, splashing a whopping £75 million to bring him to Anfield from Southampton back in January 2018, but the Dutchman has justified every single one of those pennies.
Before van Dijk, Liverpool’s defence was the subject of ridicule, but the arrival of the then 26-year-old instantly seemed to solve all of their problems, with even Dejan Lovren looking like a decent centre-back alongside the Reds’ number 4.
Van Dijk has started every single one of Liverpool’s 28 league games this season, and the Merseyside outfit have conceded a league-low of just 15 goals so far, keeping them one point ahead of Man City in the title race.
Their latest result was a 5-0 demolition of Watford at Anfield on Wednesday night, with van Dijk netting two goals, and speaking after the game, teammate Andy Robertson couldn’t speak highly enough about his defensive partner, saying he should win the PFA Player of the Year award.
“If the season ended tonight, I would give him it personally,” Robertson told Sky Sports.
“There’s still 10 games to go and somebody can step up from another team but Virgil can take it to a whole new level, I reckon.
“The attacking players are usually in the running because they take all the goals and the headlines but this season Virgil has been fantastic and he’s getting all the plaudits that he deserves.
“I don’t think he’ll be focusing on that, he’ll be focusing on the team. It’s always nice to get end-of-season awards and I’m sure he’ll be in the running. It will be close if he doesn’t win it.
“He’s so consistent as well. If he puts the performances as he has done, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have that trophy.
“He makes my life easier, that’s for sure. To have him next to me it makes everything so much easier.
“When somebody is running at you and you know Virgil is inside – he’s rarely out of position, if ever.
“For me, he’s the best centre-back just now in the world. That’s the way he’s playing and the confidence he’s got – and he’s still young enough that he can get even better.”
Liverpool’s next league outing sees them take the short journey across the City to face Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.