Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes he can become better and admits he has felt ‘unbeatable’
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes he can improve further and admits he has felt ‘UNBEATABLE’ at times since returning from his horrific ACL injury… before naming interviewer Rio Ferdinand among his five best central defenders in the Premier League.
- Virgil van Dijk has established himself as arguably the best centre-back in the world.
- The Dutch international sat out 10 months last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
- But he has returned to help bring FA Cup and League Cup success to Anfield.
- However, the 30-year-old believes he can still take his game to a higher level.
Virgil van Dijk believes he could still take his game to another level despite feeling ‘unbeatable’ at times in a Liverpool shirt.
The Reds centre-back has become arguably the best defender in the world in recent seasons, despite suffering a horrific ACL injury in October 2020.
As a result, the Dutch international spent 10 months away but has returned seamlessly to Jurgen Klopp’s backline to help them achieve FA Cup and League Cup success this season.
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk believes he could still raise his game to another level.
The Dutchman missed 10 months after suffering an ACL injury in 2020
Now, ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final and the chance to secure a potential treble, the 30-year-old is now targeting further success for his country at the World Cup in Qatar.
‘I feel great right now’ told Rio Ferdinand Between lines show in Sport.
“I definitely needed some time to catch up, which is absolutely normal. Today it will not look like something normal, but it is absolutely normal.
“I would say the first three, four, five months were all about getting back up to speed and feeling full of confidence and feeling like sometimes you’re unbeatable.”
But he has returned this season to help deliver the FA Cup and League Cup to Anfield.
Asked by Ferdinand if he is better now – something the former Manchester United and England defender is the case – van Dijk replied: ‘Maybe’, before adding: ‘I feel great.
”The funny thing is that I can improve, better than I am now. I talked to my surgeon the other day and he told me that normally around this injury, after two years, you start to feel absolutely normal.
“It will be World Cup time, so hopefully we can do something special.”
However, van Dijk later returned the compliment to Ferdinand by naming him the best centre-back in Premier League history in his opinion.
Van Dijk is now aiming for further success with the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
The Dutchman said: ‘You [Ferdinand] could also play in the modern era. In the past you were very important to the United team. All the English centre-backs in general admired you.
‘I think you were an icon as a defender. By the way, your presence in the center of defense is very important, being good with and without the ball. You tackled a little more than me.
Van Dijk selected former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany second, calling him a ‘fantastic’ captain who scored ‘important’ goals for his former club, before selecting his striker against Leicester who prevented Liverpool from winning the league in 2018-19. .
Van Dijk then named interviewer Rio Ferdinand as his best Premier League central defender.
Van Dijk also named former Man City and Chelsea captains Vincent Kompany (L) and John Terry (R)
Former United and Netherlands defender Jaap Stam was ranked third, describing him as “the man” in defence. I always thought he was going to be 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6.
“I have a lot of respect for what he achieved,” van Dijk added of Stam. Van Dijk then nominated former Chelsea and England centre-back John Terry as fourth on the list.
Ferdinand then said he couldn’t believe van Dijk hadn’t selected himself, before the Dutchman added that he hopes to see himself on these lists in the future.
Van Dijk later completed his five selections with Sami Hyypia due to his legendary status at Anfield, saying he was “undervalued” at an “important period” in the club’s history.
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Van Dijk rounded out his list with compatriot Japp Stam (L) and former Liverpool star Sami Hyypia (R)