Liverpool defender ‘the best’ according to international teammate – both will star at World Cup

Liverpool boasts one of the best defences in world football currently, with Virgil van Dijk the leader of the backline.

Van Dijk is widely regarded as the best centre-back in the world and the Reds also boast Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

He will finally head to a major tournament with his country in Qatar at the end of this year where he will partner with Nathan Ake and Mathias De Ligt.

The newly-appointed Bayern Munich defender has since praised the Liverpool star – claiming him to be one of the best defenders in the world.

What De Ligt said about Van Dijk:

Speaking to ESPN, he spoke about his international teammate and rated him on the world stage.

“I think Virgil is one of the best centre-backs in the world. He is amazing. He has already shown for a couple of years that he is one of the best, if not the best.” De Ligt told ESPN (09:41)

He also spoke glowingly about their blossoming partnership for their country; claiming that they could be the best defensive pair at the upcoming World Cup.

“We could be (the best centre-back pairing after the World Cup), I don’t know. That’s not for us to decide or for us to say.”

“Plus, we play with three at the back, but I know what you mean. If we could be the best? I don’t know, the most important thing is that we play good as a team.”

“You can play good as a partnership, but if the whole team is playing bad, then it’s no good.”


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