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Milner – Van Dijk has it all and is up there with the best

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James Milner insists that his teammate Virgil Van Dijk has all the qualities that make him one of the best center-backs in football.

James Milner has a had career that saw him play with some of football’s defensive greats.

During his time coming through the ranks at Leeds United, he played alongside the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Jonathan Woodgate.

While at Manchester City he worked with Vincent Kompany, and now at Liverpool, he finds himself with another defensive giant in Virgil Van Dijk.

In an interview reported by Goal, he is adamant he sees all the skills and qualities in the Dutchman that he saw in those legends he played with.

Milner thinks the Liverpool man is right up there with the best.

He said:

“He’s right up there. I’ve been very fortunate to have played with some amazing center-halves.”

“You look at Rio Ferdinand, Jonathan Woodgate, Vinny Kompany, and Virgil is right in there with all those guys.”

“He reads the game so well, he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s good on the ball, he’s a good communicator and he’s deadly in the air.” 

“His positioning is so good. You can see that after the game when you look at how far players have run.”

“He’s run miles less than everyone else, even the other center-halves, and you think ‘how is that possible?’ but it’s because he reads the game so well.” 

“He’s an incredible player for us and a big part of what we do. The spine in the team is massive and he is obviously a rock in that defense.”

Liverpool already has one of the meanest defenses in the Premier League with Van Dijk back there. Can you imagine adding the likes Kalidou Kouibaly to their ranks?