Martin Keown claims Virgil van Dijk is Premier League's best ever
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Martin Keown claims Virgil van Dijk is Premier League's best ever

Liverpool have become an unstoppable juggernaut in recent seasons. The Reds just win every game, only dropping points on one occasion this season as they drew with Manchester United – we can blame Martin Atkinson for that. One of the key reasons Jürgen Klopp’s side are so unstoppable is the defence. Martin Keown has claimed that Virgil van Dijk is the Premier League’s best ever centre back.

Martin Keown has claimed that Virgil van Dijk is the best defender in Premier League history. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Keown knows a thing or two about defending. The former England defender was part of the famous Arsenal invincibles side of 2003-04, he also made 43 appearances for his country.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Martin Keown claimed Virgil van Dijk is the best the division has seen – saying:

“I think he has to be [the best in Premier League history]. It’s almost perfection to watch him play. He was up in Scotland and nobody really wanted him. He went to Southampton but anyone could have taken it. He seemed to be a player who was perhaps slow to mature, but now he’s there and he wants to win things, and he’s very much behind all of that [for Liverpool].”

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Well someone had to say it. The Reds defence has been impenetrable in recent games, for the first time since the Rafa Benitez years we have kept five successive clean sheets in the Premier League.

The fact that Martin Keown has endorsed the Dutchman speaks volumes. Keown played alongside some of the best the English game has seen, he was one of the invincibles for crying out loud! We can take this one to the bank, in a couple of seasons the matter will be beyond doubt.

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