Danny Murphy has insisted that defender Virgil Van Dijk is the one Liverpool player that is the most irreplaceable at Anfield.
The Merseyside giants are now stacked with several world-class stars that are charging towards the club’s first Premier League title and they have been miles ahead of anyone else in the division so far.
Van Dijk cost £75million (BBC) from Southampton back in 2017 and it raised plenty of eyebrows when the Reds splashed out a record fee for a defender.
But the 28-year-old has gone on to become the best centre-back in the world and he finished second in the 2019 Ballon d’Or award behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
He’s a colossus in the heart of the Liverpool defence that is been a real driving force in the team’s recent success and he was outstanding in the Champions League final win over Tottenham last season too.
Ex-Reds midfielder Murphy has picked out Van Dijk as the one player that would be hardest to replace.
“Van Dijk is the most irreplaceable one. I don’t think you could give me any name that would come in and be able to do what Van Dijk does,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
Van Dijk has earned the right to be classed as the best centre-back in the world at present and he makes it look so simple against quality centre-forwards on the pitch.
The Holland international is thriving in the peak of his career right now and there is no reason for him to leave anytime soon, as he’s still under contract at Anfield until 2023.
He improves whoever plays alongside him at centre-back, whether that be Joe Gomez, Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren.