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Kevin De Bruyne picks just one Liverpool player to start in his dream five-a-side team

Kevin De Bruyne has selected Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk to play in defence for his dream five-a-side team.

Asked to make his selection during a video from Copa 90 on TikTok, De Bruyne picked the Liverpool star to shore up the back for his team.

“I will take Van Dijk, Kante, I’ll take Harry Kane,” said the 30-year-old. “I’ll put myself into it for City purposes. I would say this year Jose Sa, I think he was really good.”

De Bruyne was only allowed to select one player from each team, but there was no doubt about who the first name on his teamsheet should be.

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Virgil coming back for more

Van Dijk was obviously absolutely devastated to lose the Champions League final with Liverpool on Saturday night.

The Dutchman was visibly upset as he pulled his shirt over his face at the full-time whistle. But unlike say, Sadio Mane, who looks set to leave Liverpool this summer, Virgil will be around for another assault next time around.


He performed well in the final, keeping a handle on the mercurial Karim Benzema and limiting his influence. In the all important moment of the game though, perhaps he could have done a little better.

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Chris Sutton noticed that Van Dijk was frustrated by Liverpool’s inability to win the ball from Real Madrid in the build-up to the goal. Maybe he saw it coming as he was dragged out of position to try to block Federico Valverde’s cross.

In reality, there was probably little the 30-year-old could do to stop the cross. Bar Benzema’s disallowed goal, it was the only uncomfortable moment of the game for Liverpool’s defence.

That it led to them surrendering the European Cup is a difficult one to take.

Onwards and upwards though. Virgil has had a brilliant season after recovering from his 10 month absence last year. Without the need to settle into next campaign, we should see him bang at it right from the very start.

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