Virgil van Dijk made it to the Ballon d’Or podium and reigns supreme in the world of central defenders in England and Europe on the whole.
Liverpool did their best to promote Virgil van Dijk’s Ballon d’Or cause. From Jurgen Klopp to Mo Salah and other players, there were sound bites in every publication possible.
They came up short against Barcelona who have been doing this for a longer period of time. And Lionel Messi is easier to like than a 6’4-inch lumbering figure.
We can debate the merits and demerits of van Dijk not winning, but one thing is for certain, he is the best central defender in football. It is him and then they are the rest. He is literally and figuratively head and shoulders above everyone else.
His presence at Anfield has allowed Liverpool to dream of the Premier League trophy. The Reds are closing on their first domestic league title in 30 years. They would have been crowned champions had the league not been stopped due to coronavirus.
Alongside Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, Klopp commands one of the best defensive pairings. They have been impregnable this season, a trait that has allowed them to grind out results even when they were not playing well.
While van Dijk reigns supreme, we look at other players who have had a great season at the back.