May 3, 2022 – Virgil van Dijk has been one of the best defenders in the world for years and that didn’t go unnoticed during the preview of the Villarreal-Liverpool game. According to ex-top striker Michael Owen, no player has been better in the past.
“He’s the best defender of all time,” added Owen BT sport praise the captain of the Dutch national team. Van Dijk also wears the belt in Spain, where Liverpool are fighting for a place in the Champions League final. “He’s bigger, stronger and faster than anyone else. I’ve never seen anything like this. How can you be better than him?”
Dirk Kuyt was able to catch up during the preview RTL7 in the words of Owen. “But I didn’t see all the defenders play. Virgil is well respected in England and beyond, he’s just a fantastic player. I think he’s the best defender in the world at the moment.”
Van Dijk has played for Liverpool since January 2018 and has been undisputed ever since. It took the Breda defender a significant detour to get there: via FC Groningen, Van Dijk ended up at Celtic, where he played in the Southampton spotlight. He received 85 million euros from Liverpool for his transfer.