Koeman lavishes praise on Liverpool defender Van Dijk.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman believes Virgil van Dijk is the right candidate to lead his team.

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, saying he is a 'great example' to the team and the nation.

Koeman chose van Dijk as the captain of the Netherlands national team and the former Southampton and Everton boss revealed why the 28-year-old is the right candidate to lead his team.

He said as Sky Sports reported: "He has a great personality and also one of the reasons he is the captain. He is an example for the team and an example for the nation. We are really proud to have him as a captain in the national team.

"Winning the title of best European player is an incredible achievement for him. He had great support from the people in Southampton.

"He had great support with the staff and supporters of Liverpool. They won the Champions League last season, they're doing really well and they are strong."

The pair worked together at Southampton when Koeman signed Van Dijk for £13m from Scottish club Celtic in 2015.

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