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‘Van Dijk will start at any club, one of the best players in the world’

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Virgil van Dijk is one of the best players in the world and would currently start at any club, according to Jamie Carragher.

Virgil van Dijk remains one of the best players in the world says Jamie Carragher, with the Liverpool defender credited with bringing order to the Red’s backline since his arrival.

Eyebrows were raised when Klopp agreed to pay a record-breaking price (at the time) to secure the Dutchman’s services from Southampton.

Van Dijk has justified that price tag, with displays that inspired Liverpool to the Champions League trophy, with the 28-year-old also bagging some individual accolades as well.

Van Dijk was named UEFA Player of the Year in 2019, while also finishing as runner-up to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or vote.

In a timeline of superstars in each club, Carragher boldly claims Van Dijk is in the bracket of players who can start and play for any club in world football right now.

He told The Telegraph: “Quite simply, one of the best players in the world.

“Since moving to Liverpool, Van Dijk has been elevated into that sphere of players who could play for any side.

“He is so good, sometimes it feels he is taken for granted. Whenever the player of the year is debated, it is strange how few pundits put him forward. He has been as influential this season as he was last year.”

Carragher also heaped praise on Jordan Henderson, who he believes is finally getting the praise he deserves.

“I have to say I am delighted but a little baffled that Jordan Henderson is getting more praise this season than in previous years.

“I think that probably says more about those suggesting he has massively improved rather than the player himself because – as I am sure Jurgen Klopp will testify – his consistent excellence as captain has been fundamental to Liverpool’s return to the top.”

“What is most impressive this season is the manner in which Henderson switched midfield roles.”

Van Dijk and Henderson are among the favorites in the running for this year’s Player of the season Award.