Van Dijk has been one of the most influential players to ever wear the Liverpool shirt. Ever since he arrived at the club, he has transformed the fortunes of the club. All this while simultaneously cementing his status as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. So it was obvious that after the game against Liverpool, there were comparisons as to how good is Virgil van Dijk.
While Rio Ferdinand said that he was the best in the world, Michael Owen went one step further and made a bold claim, which was borderline audacious as well. He said that Virgil Van Dijk is the best centre-back of all time. These are strong words to use, as the player is still in the prime of his career and has a long way to go.
Further, there have been a lot of centre-backs, who have won it all, including Owen’s owner Punditry partner. Keeping that in mind, the claim will surely make the Kops happy.
What Was The Exact Comment Made By Michael Owen About Van Dijk?
Speaking post-match, Owen further added, “He probably scored a few more goals, not much, but we’re talking about the greatest here. As I have said, Rio was the best centre-half I ever played with. But with Van Dijk, as a centre-forward, I look at him and think: what do you do against him? ‘He is bigger than everyone, he is faster than everyone. He is stronger than everyone, he is brilliant on the ball and he scores goals. Have never seen anything like it.”
He also adds that the only thing that keeps going against his favour is the number of winners’ medals. He said that the lack of major titles is the only thing keeping him from being the greatest of all time. This is a rather outrageous claim from the Englishman, but if he continues in this vein, we could just be witnessing something really special here from the Dutch colossus.
Liverpool has been really consistent in recent years, with the defensive woes resolved with the addition of this high-quality centre-back. He and the players around him have lifted the standards of the entire team. Let’s hope he keeps performing to the same high standards that he has so consistently done these past few years.