Virgil van Dijk’s immense form at Liverpool this season has made him favourite for the Premier League Player of the Year award and earned him plenty of plaudits from fans and pundits alike, with the latest coming from Kevin Kilbane.

The Dutchman has been ever-present under Jurgen Klopp in his first full season at Anfield, playing in all 31 Premier League games as the Reds currently sit two points clear at the top of the table.

Former Everton star Kilbane has been the most recent pundit to worship Van Dijk’s quality and told Newstalk, as cited by the Sport Review, that he should eventually surpass Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.

He’s going into the territory of the being the best defender I’ve seen live. Liverpool have had Hansen but Van Dijk controls the game from his position. It’s amazing to see him. I think he’s getting into that territory along with top defenders like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Van Dijk has more to his game than Ferdinand. He is a better passer, he is more aggressive when he needs to be and he has that calm streak about him. Potentially, he’ll be better than Ferdinand.

That’s nearly as high praise as you can receive when considering the impact Ferdinand made on English football but Van Dijk has helped Liverpool to 17 league clean sheets this term and consistently justifies his praise.

There’s no doubting the no. 4 is the best centre-back in England at the moment, but Ferdinand is one of, if not the greatest in Premier League history so the question lingers whether he can push on and help the club win trophies again.

With just seven games to go of the top-flight campaign, guiding the Reds to a first Premier League crown would be an ideal start…

Virgil van Dijk

Rio Ferdinand

John Terry