Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been praised by Alan Shearer as the Reds star made it into Match of the Day’s list of the best 10 Premier League centre-backs of all time.
The 29-year-old has been sensational for Liverpool since joining back in 2017 for a £75million fee, then a world record amount for a defender.
It didn’t take long for Van Dijk to prove that he was money well spent as he bolstered Liverpool’s previously shaky defence and helped transform them into one of the best teams in the world.
Since the Netherlands international arrived at Anfield, Liverpool have won the Champions League, the Premier League and the Club World Cup.
Van Dijk is currently out injured and has been a big miss for a Reds side which has struggled to hit the heights of the last couple of years.
In this week’s MOTD Top 10 podcast, Shearer, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker discussed the best centre-halves to play in the Premier League.
Unsurprisingly, Van Dijk made the cut, with Shearer listing him at number four and Richards ranking him at number five.
“He’s a game changer for Liverpool – he took them to where they wanted to go,” said Shearer, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “Liverpool have missed him and his leadership this season because of his injury.
“They have this pressing game and they have the confidence in him that they can leave him one v one, it’s not a problem because if they want to knock it over the top he can turn and be as quick as anyone.
“We’ve seen them this year not pressing as much as they could and should, because they don’t feel the confidence to do it without him.”