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Sule yearns to follow in footsteps of ‘best defender’ Van Dijk

Niklas Sule, Bayern Munich
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Niklas Sule has given the example of Virgil van Dijk to support his claim that a player can become the world’s best even late in his career.

Liverpool snapped up Virgil van Dijk from Southampton back in 2018 in a move that saw him become the world’s costliest defender, a record later broken by Harry Maguire upon signing for Manchester United.

A leader of men, Van Dijk helped his side get crowned as Champions of Europe last season. Also, he has been immense in Liverpool’s remarkable Premier League run this term, as they look to end their title drought after 30 years.

Elsewhere, Niklas Sule has managed to fight competition from world cup winners Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels to make a place for himself in the line up after joining Bayern Munich in 2017.

But an injury has kept Sule out of the squad for the better part of this campaign. The 24-year old is nearing his return and believes he still can pick up from right where he left.

“Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool at 27 and has made the step to becoming the best defender in the world. He’s now at the top at just under 30,” Sule told in an interview with the official club website.

“I want to take the next big step in the next two, three years. And if people say that I’m among the best in the world, I’ll be happy. That’s my aim.

“I’ll work hard on myself. And then it’s all in my hands whether I become one of the best centre-backs in the world or not.”