Jamie Redknapp on reported Chelsea target: He bullied Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

Jamie Redknapp heaps praise on Virgil van Dijk after the Southampton defender's dominant performance against Liverpool

Jamie Redknapp hailed Virgil van Dijk as an immense defender after the Southampton man bullied Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge during Wednesday night’s 1-0 win in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.

The Netherlands international has proven to be one of the Premier League’s most-consistent defenders in the 2016-17 season so far which has inevitably led to speculation surrounding the centre-half’s future at St Mary’s.

Van Dijk was linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the season before Manchester United were thought to have made the Dutch defender a target as Jose Mourinho looked to bolster his defensive options.

However, The Daily Express are reporting that Chelsea have put together a £60m offer for the Netherlands international in the January transfer window after his centre-half’s stylish performance in Claude Puel’s Saints side.

Van Dijk tamed Sturridge during the first leg of their League Cup last-four clash on Wednesday night and Redknapp believes the Dutch defender would improve any Premier League defence.

“He’s immense, I say it every time I watch him. He gets better and better. It was like watching a man play against a little boy in Daniel Sturridge, he bullied him all game,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“He never gave him a sniff. He’s got the after-burners, he’s so comfortable on the ball. Whoever decides to buy him, he is a fantastic player.

“There’s not a better centre-back in the Premier League.”

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