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‘He can struggle’ – Toure discovers defect in Van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk possesses a wide range of skill-set but defending in one on one situations is not one of them, suggests Kolo Toure.

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been one of the most, if not the most, influential players for his side’s recent success.

Joining Liverpool from Southampton in 2018 for a then world-record fee of €84 million, Van Dijk has already guided Liverpool to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Premier League triumphs.

The Dutch defender was one of the top contenders to win the 2019 Ballon d’Or, but ultimately lost out to FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Right now he is the best defender in the Premier League, perhaps even in all of Europe.

Kolo Toure remarks that Van Dijk’s excellency in so many different aspects of the game is what makes him a top player. However, he insists there’s still one area where the 29-year old needs to show improvement.

“He’s an unbelievable player. He’s a top player. He has got everything,” Toure told beIN Sports.

“I haven’t seen many players challenge him one on one. In my opinion, that’s his weakness!

“He’s really tall and if you really attack him with the ball, he can struggle, but he’s so clever. He’s so clever because he drops well. But if you are really aggressive in attack in a one-on-one, I think you can get something from him.”