Pundit names Virgil van Dijk and Tottenham star as league’s best defenders

Matt Le Tissier talks up Virgil van Dijk and Toby Alderweireld as the Premier League's best defenders

Matt Le Tissier believes Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld are the best defenders in the Premier League.

The Saints defender is facing an uncertain future at St Mary’s amid relentless speculation linking the Netherlands international with a big-money January move.

Van Dijk helped Southampton ease to a 1-0 win against Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Toby Alderweireld has helped Tottenham finish with the best defensive record last season, while the Belgium international has played his part in Spurs conceding just 14 times in 20 games this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Southampton’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool in EFL Cup, Le Tissier talked up former Saints man Alderweireld and Dutch star Van Dijk as the league’s best defenders.

“I like Alderweireld, and those two are the best two centre-backs in the Premier League,” Le Tissier said.

Van Dijk moved to Southampton from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in 2015 under Ronald Koeman.

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Alderweireld spent the 2014-15 season at St Mary’s before the Belgian defender completed an £11.5m switch to Tottenham from parent club Atletico Madrid in the 2015 summer transfer window.

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