Pundit View: Rio Ferdinand lauds Virgil van Dijk as the world’s best centre-back

Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, and has claimed that the Dutchman is the world’s best in his position right now.

The former Manchester United man’s comments were made prior to the Reds’ Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, in which a place in the quarter-finals awaited the winner.

What’s he said?

Ferdinand’s opinion on the 27-year-old will have only been strengthened by the No.4’s performance on the night. Van Dijk grabbed an assist for Sadio Mane’s opener, before netting his side’s crucial second goal with a thunderous header.

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Speaking about the former Southampton man before kick-off however, Ferdinand said: “At the moment, yeah,” when asked if he think Van Dijk is the world’s best.

“I think there’s times in your career as a footballer where you go ‘it’s impossible for anyone to beat me’. I think he’s at that point in his career now.”

A valid opinion and a great prediction 

To say what he said about Liverpool’s record signing, before going on to watch him drop a 10/10 performance, proves that Ferdinand knows exactly what he’s talking about when it comes to discussing defenders.

The former England international, like Van Dijk currently is, was the world’s most expensive defender at one point in his career, and his genius pre-match prediction just goes to show that he knows exactly how the Dutchman is feeling right now – on top of the world, presumably.

Additionally, for a former Manchester United player to speak so highly of a Liverpool man, seeing as both clubs are huge rivals, speaks volumes about the level of Van Dijk’s performances.

At just 27 years of age, it could even be argued that the ¬£75m man isn’t even at his peak yet, which is quite frankly a fearsome prospect for those set to come up against him in future.