Virgil van Dijk reveals the best player he has played with at Liverpool – but it is NOT Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane… as the defender also admits Frenkie de Jong is the stand-out for Holland
- Virgil van Dijk has revealed that Robert Firmino is the best player at Liverpool
- The Holland international believes he is ‘difficult’ to play against as a defender
- Van Dijk also gave special mentions to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Thiago
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has labelled the best player he has ever played alongside – but it may come as a surprise to most.
The 31-year-old, who is currently preparing to play for Holland at the 2022 World Cup, admitted that current team-mate Roberto Firmino topped the list over the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Van Dijk has played alongside the Brazilian forward at Liverpool ever since he joined the club from Southampton in January 2018 – winning every major trophy in that period including the Premier League and Champions League.
Virgil van Dijk named Roberto Firmino as the best player that he has played with at Liverpool
The Brazilian topped the list over the likes of Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right)
The defender also had the experience of playing against Firmino during his time with Southampton prior to his blockbuster £80million move to Anfield.
‘I would say at Liverpool it’s Bobby Firmino,’ the Dutch defender told Pitch Side’s YouTube channel.
‘But also knowing how difficult it is to play against him as a defender because he drops deep.
‘I can say him, but Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago now. It’s been enjoyable playing with these guys.’
Van Dijk also revealed Frenkie de Jong is the best player that he has played with for Holland
Van Dijk also revealed who the best player on his national team is, by adding: ‘At the national team I would say Frenkie de Jong.’
Firmino has been an integral part of the Reds success in recent seasons, although he seemed to have fallen down the pecking order this summer with Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and new signing Darwin Nunez all preferred.
The Brazilian, however, has reclaimed his place and instead has notched nine goals this season in 21 appearances in all competitions.
Firmino has scored a total of 107 goals across 348 appearances since arriving at Anfield
The forward has scored a total of 107 goals across 348 appearances since arriving at Liverpool from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim back in 2015.
Firmino, who missed out on selection for Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad despite his good form this campaign, is out of contract this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are believed to be working on a contract extension to keep the Brazilian at the club beyond this summer.