Virgil van Dijk has earned huge praise from Matt Le Tissier, with the Southampton legend claiming he “looks like a man playing in boy’s football.”

Le Tissier was able to watch the Dutchman regularly at former club Saints, before his £75million move to Liverpool back in January.

He has been a colossus ever since his switch to Anfield and is arguably the key to the Reds topping the Premier League table currently.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Debate podcast, Le Tissier lauded the brilliance of Van Dijk, admitting he looks on another level to most players physically:

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He is an unbelievable footballer.

I said it when he was at Southampton. He’s one of the few players I’ve watched in the Premier League who looks like a man playing in boy’s football.

You never saw him hurried, he’s always in the right position, you barely saw him sprint in a football match, which I have a lot of respect for. He’s made such a difference to their backline.

I can’t see too many centre-backs better than him in world football.

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Van Dijk is surely the first name on Jurgen Klopp’s team-sheet these days, despite there being so many influential figures.

He holds the key to Liverpool continuing their title push, with that £75million fee now looking like a bargain.