English Premiership

Mourinho doesn't rate Van Dijk as best in the world

2019-10-21 16:09
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jose Mourinho thinks it's a slight exaggeration to call Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk the best defender in the world.

Van Dijk is the current favourite to win the Ballon d'Or with bookmakers, ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool teammate Alisson Becker.

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League last term as they were pipped to the title by just a point by Manchester City before going on to win the Champions League.

Van Dijk has been widely credited for transforming Liverpool's rearguard under Jurgen Klopp following his £75 million move from Southampton in January 2018.

Despite highlighting his qualities, Mourinho was loath to label him as the best defender in the world before Liverpool drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday.

"That would be unfair to some fantastic central defenders, but in English football for sure, he has everything," Mourinho said on Sky Sports before Liverpool's draw at Old Trafford.

"It's almost impossible to find a weakness in his game."

Liverpool return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Belgium for matchday three Group E clash against Genk.

On Sunday, Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield for Premier League encounter.

Kick-off is at 18:30.

- TeamTalk Media


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