Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has claimed that defender Virgil van Dijk does have a weakness – but no-one has figured it out yet.

The Netherlands international has earned huge plaudits this season, with many pundits and fans alike labelling the towering centre-back the best player in the world in his position.

However Babel, now playing for Fulham, believes that the former Southampton and Celtic man does have a flaw, one which hasn’t yet been exposed.

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Talking to the Times, Babel also explained how his compatriot still has plenty of room to develop as a player. The 32-year old said:

Virgil has definitely developed over the past few years. I think he can get better by 30 per cent. I still feel he plays on 70 per cent. He can do much more. He can be fast if he wants.

He does have a weakness. I don’t want to say what it is. I don’t think in the Premier League anyone has made that aware yet.

Babel also reflected positively on his time with the club, having played for the Reds between 2007 and 2011. He admitted he has a sweet spot for the club, and hopes they win the Premier League title. He continued:

I do have a weakness for Liverpool and I do want them to be champions.

I left Liverpool through the back door. It’s a prestige thing to prove people wrong. I was loved in Liverpool, I had good relationship with the fans and my team-mates but I felt I could do better.