Virgil van Dijk has played down of him being the best defender in the world, explaining that he doesn’t believe anyone can claim the title.
Since moving to Anfield from Southampton in January 2018, Van Dijk has hardly put a foot wrong, consistently performing fantastically for the Reds.
The Dutchman has been crucial to all of the success Liverpool have had in the past two seasons, both in the Premier League, domestic cups and in the Champions League.
However, despite receiving an absurd number of plaudits from fans, pundits and both former and current players alike, Van Dijk has dismissed talk of him being the best defensive option in the world currently.
Speaking in Liverpool’s match-day programme, as reported by MailOnline, Van Dijk said:
Nobody can really claim that title – it’s just about opinions.
We just need to enjoy it when players are doing well for their teams and I’m feeling good at the moment.
Obviously there are a lot of expectations when you come to a club for a record fee but you can’t change that.
You just need to perform and show it on the pitch and gain respect through that. I’ve tried to do that since day one and it’s been going all right. There are plenty of good central defenders around and I enjoy watching them.
If I watch big games like the Champions League on TV then I’m definitely watching what different centre-backs are doing in certain situations.
When people are talking about you in a positive way, that’s always a good thing. But, basically, that’s it.
Other centre-backs who could be considered the world's best
Formerly the undisputed holder of this title, Sergio Ramos has dropped off in recent years, at least by his usual standard.
Still, the Spaniard is a wily competitor, and one player anyone would want in their team.
Koulibaly has all of the attributes: he’s strong, quick and strong in the air, and is constant physical presence for opposing teams to contend with.
His reputation across the continent precedes him, and he is subsequently a major transfer target for several elite clubs this summer.
The Real Madrid man is one of the hottest prospect in world football. Still only 25, the Frenchman already has a World Cup victory and four Champions League titles to his name.
Manchester City’s star defensive performer, Laporte has risen beyond the elite performance levels he often displayed for Athletic Bilbao. He has gone from strength to strength under Pep Guardiola, and is now one of the Premier League’s strongest defenders.