Fulham attacker Ryan Babel believes that Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk is only performing at 70 per cent of the level that he’s capable.
Fulham host the Reds on Sunday in the Premier League at Craven Cottage, as a team staring at relegation trouble welcomes one of the title challengers.
Babel will be hoping to inspire a huge upset for Fulham and he previously spent four years at Anfield as a player earlier in his career.
He knows all about Liverpool from his spell with them and also plays alongside Van Dijk for Holland at international level.
Babel insists that the Reds centre-back can become even better and hints that he can expose a weakness when he faces off against him at the weekend.
“He can get better by 30 per cent. I still feel he plays on 70 per cent. He can do much more. He can be fast if he wants,” Babel told the Times.
“I don’t want to say what it is [his weakness]. I don’t think anyone has made it aware yet.”
Babel clearly knows something that most people don’t, as from an outside perspective Van Dijk doesn’t appear to have any weaknesses.
The 27-year-old has been the outstanding individual for the Merseyside club this season and it would be no surprise to see him swoop up the PFA Player of the Year when the individual awards come around.
Van Dijk is a Rolls-Royce defender that is unbeatable in the air and the calmness he brings to his back four is brilliant.
The Dutch centre-back plays out from the back with composure on the ball and a wide range of passing, while he’s a real leader on the park for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
It’s a scary thought if Van Dijk can improve another 30 per cent, as he’s already proving himself in elite games and may be in his peak years right now.