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Man City legend Kompany: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is the best ever Premier League centre-back.

Updated: May 12, 2020

Ex-City ace lauds Liverpool defender Van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool ace continues to receive praise from football greats.

Former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany has praised Virgil van Dijk, saying the Dutchman is the best centre-back the Premier League has ever seen. Van Dijk, 28, has had a brilliant spell since he joined Jurgen Klopp's Reds from Southampton in January 2018 for a reported fee of £75m - a world record fee for a defender at the time. "I would bring it back to Virgil van Dijk," he told SPORF. "It's a weird one because he hasn't been on the scene for as long as these names we mentioned – John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, these guys were there for a long, long time. "But the signs he showed in his last few years, just makes it so obvious that if he would've been at the top, top level before that he would've been already further as well.

More: PSG forward Kylian Mbappe will flourish at Real Madrid. "From what I've seen in terms of having an impact on a team and a defender is never about himself, it's about his communication with other guys and how you make your team more solid. "The Liverpool before Van Dijk and the one after him, it's a completely different setup and I'll give him that one because of that." Liverpool were leading the Premier League table by 25 points before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March and need just two wins to secure their first major honour in 30 years.

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