‘Nobody can really claim that title’: Virgil van Dijk plays down talk of being the best defender in the world but Liverpool star admits he is ‘feeling good’ as Reds battle for the title
- Virgil van Dijk has distanced himself from talk of being the world’s best defender
- The Dutchman has been rock solid at the back ever since joining in January 2018
- Van Dijk helped guide Liverpool to the Champions League final last season
- The 27-year-old has also been crucial to the Reds’ Premier League title challenge
Virgil van Dijk has played down talk of being the best defender in the world by insisting that ‘nobody can claim that title’.
The 27-year-old has also been a crucial to the Reds’ Premier League title challenge this campaign with the defender being touted as the world’s best by the likes of Dietmar Hamann, Chris Sutton and Paul Merson.
Virgil van Dijk has distanced himself from talk of being the best defender in the world
However, the former Celtic and Southampton man is staying focused on helping Liverpool win its first Premier League title while distancing himself from personal accolades.
‘Nobody can really claim that title – it’s just about opinions,’ Van Dijk said about being named as the best defender in the official LFC matchday programme via the Liverpool Echo. ‘We just need to enjoy it when players are doing well for their teams and I’m feeling good at the moment.
‘Obviously there are a lot of expectations when you come to a club for a record fee but you can’t change that.
‘You just need to perform and show it on the pitch and gain respect through that. I’ve tried to do that since day one and it’s been going all right. There are plenty of good central defenders around and I enjoy watching them.
The Dutchman has been rock solid at the back for the Reds since joining in January 2018
Van Dijk has also been crucial to the club’s title challenge as they saw off Chelsea on Sunday
‘If I watch big games like the Champions League on TV then I’m definitely watching what different centre-backs are doing in certain situations.
‘When people are talking about you in a positive way, that’s always a good thing. But, basically, that’s it.’
The Reds retook their place at the top of the table following their impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
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