Tottenham legend Paul Miller has risked the wrath of Liverpool fans everywhere by suggesting that the 2018/19 PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk is overrated.
The club’s former defender – who represented Spurs from 1977-87 – was taking part in an interview with The Sun ahead of the upcoming Champions League final which will feature the two English sides.
The 59-year-old was asked for thoughts about a potential battle between Harry Kane and Virgil van Dijk in Madrid.
He boldly answered: “Harry does well against van Dijk and he always scores against Liverpool.
“van Dijk is all right but I don’t think he’s the superstar everyone makes out. It’s easy to be a defender nowadays.”
Kane fares decently against the Reds on a personal level – in nine career appearances against them he has scored five goals.
That said though, he has only been on the winning side once.
Miller has certainly stuck his neck out with such comments about van Dijk.
The Dutch international has been in imperious form since his £75 million move from Southampton in January 2018 (BBC Sport) and has barely put a foot wrong.
He was voted by his fellow pros as the best of the best, and it is widely accepted he is now one of the world’s best in his position, if not the best.
Should Kane recover in time to start the final in Madrid, a potential battle with van Dijk could have a massive bearing on the result.