Michael Owen rates Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool FC
The Liverpool FC legend believes Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world
Michael Owen has described Liverpool FC centre-half Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in the world.
The Netherlands international has been a sensation at the Anfield outfit since Liverpool FC spent a world record fee for a defender to sign Van Dijk from Southampton in the January transfer window.
The Reds spent £75m to finally get their man and Van Dijk has already repaid a large chunk of that transfer fee after the Dutch defender helped Liverpool FC to reach last season’s Champions League final.
The addition of Alisson Becker in a £67m deal from AS Roma has helped to make Van Dijk’s life a little easier and the pair have helped to transform their defence into one of the best in the league.
While Van Dijk has been excellent in terms of his defensive performances, the former Celtic star has also developed into a leader in Klopp’s team.
Liverpool FC suffered a chastening 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League in Serbia on Tuesday night to leave the Reds in a perilous position despite leading their group.
However, former Reds striker Owen believes Van Dijk is the best centre-half in the world despite enduring a difficult 90 minutes in Belgrade.
“He’s got to be the best in the world, hasn’t he?” Owen told BT Sport on Tuesday night.
“A centre-half, I can’t think of anyone that’s as good as him. He’s always in cruise control. He’s normally just so comfortable.
“I always wondered ‘is he really fast or not?’. He can obviously run as well.”
Liverpool FC are sitting at the top of their Champions League group but level on points with Serie A side Napoli with two games to play.
Klopp’s side will make the trip to Parc des Princes in their next Champions League fixture to face Paris Saint-Germain, who are a point adrift of Liverpool FC and Napoli in third place.
The Merseyside outfit will finish their group stage fixtures with a home clash against Napoli in December, having lost 1-0 to the Italian side in Naples last month.