Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool FC star is the best in the world
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in the world
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool FC centre-half Virgil van Dijk is 100 per cent the best defender in the world.
The Netherlands international was crowned the Uefa player of the year and the Champions League defender of the season in Monaco on Thursday night.
Van Dijk played a key role in Liverpool FC’s Champions League success last term after the Merseyside outfit were 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid final.
Liverpool FC’s defence has been transformed into one of the best in the Premier League and in Europe since Van Dijk’s £75m move to the Anfield side from Southampton in January 2018.
Van Dijk beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Uefa player of the year award to become the first Liverpool FC defender to receive the accolade.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Van Dijk’s award, Klopp hailed the Dutch centre-half as the best defender in the world.
“I wanted to call him immediately but he had to go on stage,” said Klopp.
“I’m so happy for him; I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize.
“It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s big. It’s really rare for a defender.
“It’s such important information for football, such an important sign for football. Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending.
“Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely.
“It’s now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year. It’s really big and I’m completely happy for him and his family.”
The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009, 2014 and 2018.
They will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Newcastle United on Saturday 14 September after the international break.