Virgil van Dijk has been nothing short of perfect since coming to Liverpool in January 2018. And the 28-year-old has been recognised by UEFA who recently named him their Player of the Year.

Players past and present continue to praise the Dutch defender. Vincent Kompany, Lionel Messi and Kaka are some the fellow pros to publicly praise VVan Dijk

Barcelona Legend Carles Puyol now adds his name to that list as he gushed about the Liverpool player in a recent interview.

Speaking to the Independent, he said. “Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. He is the complete defender, always calm, a great player.

 

“The spotlight usually goes to the strikers, so it is nice to see a defender get deserved recognition.”

It is one thing to get a glowing review from rivals like Vincent Kompany or players you defend against like Lionel Messi.

To receive a glowing review from a legendary defender such as Puyol is something else.

While the Liverpool centre-back was learning his trade, Puyol was helping his club and country win every possible trophy. The Spanish centre-back had a career enviable by anyone who wishes to achieve great things in football.

Puyol is one of the greats. His glowing endorsement of Van Dijk speaks volumes about the true talent we are lucky to have at Liverpool

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