LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool and team mate Joe Gomez celebrate following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool and Wigan striker Emile Heskey has compared Virgil van Dijk to the club legend, Jamie Carragher.

Carragher enjoyed a decorated Liverpool career where he won the Champions League, two FA Cups and three League Cups in a trophy-laden 25-year spell at the club. And Heskey who played with Carra has seen some similarities in both players.

In a recent interview via Sky, Heskey said: “When you look at Van Dijk and when you look at Liverpool, in essence, they haven’t had that leader I would go as far back as Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool legend praises ‘leader’ Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk is the ultimate centre-back and was worth every penny of the £75m Liverpool paid for him, says former captain Sami Hyypia.

“Someone who really commands a defence. Someone who really stands out and is counted for. Someone who is marshalling people around. Now Van Dijk has come in and he seems to be that man.

“He’s a great defender, he’s quick, he’s good in the air, he barks out orders. So what more do you need? It seems that everyone who plays alongside him [he] always brings out the best in them as well.”

Liverpool edged past Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday and next face Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth in the Premier League.