Report: Wijnaldum On Whether Liverpool Defender Van Dijk Is Best In World


PSG midfielder Gini Wijnaldum gave his verdict on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and whether he believes he is the best defender in the world.
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In a recent interview with FIFA, ex Liverpool player Wijnaldum spoke glowingly of his Dutch international teammate.

“Everybody has their own opinion about it. Some people want to see a centre-back who’s good on the ball. Some people prefer a centre-back who’s a leader, who helps his team-mates. Some people prefer a centre-back who defends really well. Virgil has all of that. He’s definitely up there with the very best.”
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Wijnaldum was also asked who he felt were currently the three best players in world football. Once again, there was a mention for Liverpool’s number four.

“Everyone says Messi and Ronaldo because they have dominated the game for 15 years, and the third player in always different. When you talk about the best players in the world, people automatically say midfielders and attackers, but we also have great defenders. Virgil van Dijk is up there. I now play with Verratti at PSG and he’s phenomenal. People won’t say him because his role is not to score lots of goals and get lots of assists, but what he does in training and on the pitch is magnificent.”

It isnt’ a surprise to see such high praise from Wijnaldum for his international teammate. He knows first hand the impact van Dijk's arrival had at Liverpool taking them from contenders to champions.

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