Sergio Aguero has admitted how tough he finds it playing against Van Dijk, while also lauding him as one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is one of the top forwards in world football. The same could be said for Van Dijk when it comes to the defensive department.
The Liverpool man has received widespread praise since joining the Reds in 2018. His arrival helped transform Liverpool’s back-line and saw their resurgence as one of the most dominant sides in Europe.
City and Liverpool have shared a strong rivalry in recent years and it made the latest source of Van Dijk’s praise rather surprising.
Man City star Sergio Aguero had to admit how difficult it had been facing the Dutchman when asked to make a comment.
“We all know Van Dijk is one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s strong, tall, has an incredible body,” Aguero told El Chiringuito as quoted by Goal.
“He’s very strong face to face, he plays with his body. Also, given he is so tall, he has those long legs.
“It looks like he isn’t fast but he is, because of his long legs – he can reach everywhere. Two steps from him are 50 for me!
Aguero also spoke on what makes Van Dijk special from other defenders and makes him hard to play against in particular.
“What I like the most is the way he is so smart when defending. He’s not anxious when marking, he’s very careful and patient. That makes it difficult for many strikers.
“In my case, I’m pretty fast and I like to dribble, so I need the defender to come. But if he holds he can wait for help from another defender. He’s very good at this.”